Making History at The Oratory School

The ever-eager and enthusiastic Year 6 historians Samuel, James and Oliver qualified for the Winners’ Day of the Carton Di Wiart History Competition at The Oratory School, where they spent an inspiring day immersed in the school’s history.

Described in a BBC article in 2015 as ‘the unkillable soldier’, Adrian Carton de Wiart was an old boy of The Oratory School. He fought in the Boer War and in WWI and was awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest award for bravery in battle for his actions at the Battle of the Somme. This year, the competition was based on ‘Significant Historical Figures’. Entries had to think about why their chosen figure was important and if they had any wider significance.

The Winners’ Day comprised of a history workshop and a presentation ceremony. As The Oratory is one of only five schools in the country to house a Real Tennis court, the boys were also lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit the court for a talk on ‘The History of Real Tennis in Tudor England’ by the Head of Racquets and Ladies Real Tennis World Champion, Mrs Fahey. Following this, they even picked up a racquet and had a go, impressing with their courage to try something new!

After a delectable lunch, the competitors were treated to a history workshop looking at Rushton Lodge in Northamptonshire to solve the puzzle of when it was built and solve its secrets.

James, Oliver and Samuel were an absolute credit to Davenies throughout and have learnt the invaluable skills of questioning sources and evidence to determine what happened in the past – although, they are now aware that history is not always as it seems and this is the difficult dilemma in which historians are faced with over reliability.  This will serve them well in their educational careers.

The boys had an inspiring and wonderful day, and were thoroughly deserving of qualifying for the Winners’ Day.

Thank you to The Oratory for an exceptional competition and one that we look forward to returning.


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