Out now! Dec edition of Tower & Town edited by Year 8

Year 8 with (L) Tower & Town Chairman, Hugh de Saram and (R) St Francis Head of English, Chris Murgatroyd

St Francis was founded in 1941 by Miss Phyllis Burden in Pewsey; now, over 75 years later, the school was given the opportunity to edit the December edition 2017 of Marlborough’s ‘Tower and Town’ magazine.

Our Year 8 class discussed what to contribute and decided that as they were following a theme of conflict in their studies this term, perhaps they could connect the history of the school and aspects of Wiltshire with wartime; as well as St Francis being set up mostly as adirect consequence of World War Two, one of our current buildings was a World War One convalescent hospital.

You will find a mixture of factual and fictional pieces in the magazine, from a sensitive description of First World War soldiers waiting to ‘go over the top’ to an article on wartime canine heroes. I hope you enjoy reading these items as much as Year 8 enjoyed researching and creating them.

Tower & Town Dec 17 Edition : St Francis School

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, let us remember that 1918 finished on a note of hope so, especially after some of the dark events of 2017, it would be wonderful if we could start 2018 in a similarly optimistic manner.

Chris Murgatroyd—Head of English