Friday, 30 June 2017


Whilst we may be away from
Home and school... we can't forget the importance of our beloved awards. 
So on that note, in our own very Bushy-French way, we would like to nominate 4 stars of the week from each class. Now this was a very difficult task, as the teachers have found it exceptionally hard to select from all. As I have said before, they have been a credit to all! Therefore we award a 'Normandy Star' to all the children here.

However we must choose:
Luke Tennyson: for his attentive behaviour whenever any adult has addressed the group.
Summer Jones: a girl who has shown enthusiasm and a key interest at all venues. A pure delight in the group.
Imogen Lenel: a true ambassador for Bushy Hill. A girl who poses the most beautiful set of manners.
James Tullett: for his collaborative attitude, always interested and engaging with his peers.

Louis Newth: displaying impeccable
Behaviour. He's shown fantastic empathy and been an amazing friend.
Ethan West: for showing confidence and eloquence when talking to adults.
Jenny Zhang: a true friend and delight to all she works with.
Micheal Dorkings: always focused and asking intelligent and thought provoking questions.

Tidy environment award: 
So the children's rooms were inspected every day. They needed to prove their tidiness tothe three firm but fair judges.
However, there was a catch! 

Children also had to provide entertainment for the judges. As staff we must say your Children were very creative. We had: the mannequin challenge, sing-a-long, disco, through the keyhole "who lives in a house like this", compliments and bribery :), music and much more. 
So as fair judges we scored and averaged out the weekly scores. Now some children's idea of 'tidy' needs a bit of work... well LOTS OF WORK! However, the majority really stepped up and it was a battle to the end. 
So may I present to you the tidy girls environment award to (drum roll please) Daisy, Ella and Holly Shirley!!!
And for the boys room (again humour me with the drum roll!) Andrew, Ollie, Josh D and George. 
Congratulations to all and well done.

And some more!!

Some more pictures!!

Pictures galore!!

The return... so we have returned to the American cemetery after the rain earlier in the week. As you can appreciate it's important for the children to get the best opportunity to pay their respects and absorb the atmosphere. So this warranted an additional visit.
The children once again showed fantastic respect!

Last day... but still at full speed!

We've started our morning at Pointe du Hoc. The children are currently exploring, following a brief history lesson from Mr Danson.

A little history...
The World War II Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument is located on a cliff eight miles west of Normandy American Cemetery, which overlooks Omaha Beach, France. It was erected by the French to honour elements of the American Second Ranger Battalion under the command of Lt. Col. James E. Rudder. During the American assault of Omaha and Utah beaches on June 6, 1944, these U.S. Army Rangers scaled the 100-foot cliffs and seized the German artillery pieces that could have fired on the American landing troops at Omaha and Utah beaches. At a high cost of life, they successfully defended against determined German counterattacks.

By mid-1944, German forces manned formidable defences along the French coast. Of concern to the Allies were German 155mm artillery positions on Pointe du Hoc. They could wreak havoc on Utah and Omaha Beaches. Lt. Col. James E. Rudder, commanding the 2nd Ranger Battalion, received the mission to land at 6:30 a.m., scale the 100 foot cliffs, and disable the German positions. Lt. Col. Max F. Schneider’s 5th Ranger Battalion would follow and reinforce them.

June 6, 5:50 a.m.: Naval bombardment of Pointe du Hoc began, including guns of the battleship USS Texas. Three companies (70 men per) of Rudder’s 2nd Ranger Battalion were to land at Pointe du Hoc at 6:30 a.m., but were delayed. Per plan, Schneider’s command (plus three companies of the 2nd) joined the Omaha Beach assault.

June 6, 7:10 a.m.: Two landing craft were lost, but the Rangers debarked and started up the cliffs. They pressed upward, supported by the destroyer USS Satterlee. One of the Rangers’ DUKWs was disabled by enemy fire en route to Pointe du Hoc. The engine failed. Three Rangers were casualties, including one killed.

June 6, 7:40 a.m.: Most of the remaining Rangers reached the top.

June 6, 9:30 a.m.: The Germans had previously moved the guns southward from their initial prepared positions. Despite fierce resistance, Rangers found and destroyed the guns pushing onward to cut the highway south of Pointe du Hoc.

June 6-8: After fighting two days, only about 90 Rangers stood when relieved by Schneider’s Rangers and the 29th Division from Omaha Beach.

The monument consists of a simple granite pylon positioned atop a German concrete bunker with tablets at its base inscribed in French and English. The monument was formally transferred to ABMC for perpetual care and maintenance on January 11, 1979. This battle-scarred area on the left flank of Omaha Beach remains much as the Rangers left it.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Dinner time!!

Well it's our final dinner.... and a special one at that. With a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the wonderful Mr Barnes.
The kids have been buzzing all day and the staff are so proud.


Bayeux Cemetery... No words can explain how amazing your children were.

Compliments with lunch!

After our amazing tour round Maisy we were stopped by an Irish gentlemen (with he family) from Dublin. He asked to address the group and said "as a secondary teacher, what a great behaved group of children you are. What focus and intelligent questioning they had shown". 

This was then backed up by 'Dan-the -man' who whispered to Mr Danson "I wish every school was like Bushy- for their manners and great questions!"

Your children have been a credit to themselves and you! 

.... And our trusty coach driver Sam has been impressed too!

A moment of respect

When visiting bayeux cemetery we stopped opposite to mark the respects of those not found. For us this was important as our wonderful Imogen Lenel would have the opportunity to show her respects to her great grandfather.... 
please read on to hear the touching story of Immy's great grandfather (Mr Lenel's grandfather) 

"Imogen’s great grandfather (my grandfather) Klaus was the 3rd oldest of 9 siblings (5 sisters + 4 brothers) of the Lenel family, headed by Richard Lenel and Emilia Maas.  They lived in a town in south-west Germany called Mannheim where Richard ran the family business making rubber, celluloid and plastic products.  He was also very involved in local politics and was chairman of the local chamber of commerce and chairman of the local Germany People’s Party (probably most akin to the Lib Dems).  But, being a Jewish family, things started going to pot when the National Socialist German Worker’s Party (aka the Nazis) rose to power in the early 1930s.  Gradually he was forced to give up his positions, sell his house and his business, and flee the country.  Other members of the Lenel family came to England, some to the USA, and some to Switzerland.

It was mostly the better-educated and better-off Jews in Germany that escaped; they were better able to see the writing on the wall, and were more likely to have the resources to actually enable their escape.  Less fortunate members of the Jewish population were offered train rides out of Germany… straight to the concentration camps where they were more likely to be killed rather than interred.

The youngest of the family – Ernst Richard Lenel – as well as his older brother Victor came to England alongside many other displaced Jews from Germany, Austria, Hungary Poland, Czechoslovakia and other European countries.  Ernst was born in 1918 so would have been about 20 years old when he travelled to freedom.  Like the others, he had no money (the Nazis blocked all the Jewish bank accounts).  However as generally better-educated individuals they were often able to get decent jobs.

 When the German Army invaded France, the Netherlands and Belgium, most of these Jewish immigrants in Britain – called by Churchill the ‘Friendly Enemy Aliens’ – were treated with suspicion, rounded up and interred at fairly makeshift prison-of-war camps.  From there many were subsequently shipped to other parts of the Commonwealth, in particular Canada and Australia.  Others that remained in the UK joined the Pioneer Corps of the British Army, basically manual labourers to help with the war effort building bridges, roads, etc.

By and by opportunities arose to join more active units of the British Army.  This was accepted very enthusiastically, as it was a chance for these guys to get their own back on the country and party that had treated them so badly back at home.  Eventually in around 1942 a number of them were transferred to secret training camps in North Wales and Scotland where they joined No 10 Commando unit – a group of specially trained soldiers commissioned by Winston Churchill to carry out raids into enemy territory.  They learnt parachuting, mountain climbing, arctic warfare, extreme fitness, explosives, reconnaissance, booby traps, night patrols and weapons training.  They also learnt a lot about the Germany Army; its weapons, vehicles, organisation, tactics, language, commands, etc.  The Jewish refugees were particularly sought after under the assumption that their German language skills would come in handy.  By the end of the war one in seven Jewish refugees from Germany had joined the British forces.

All these soldiers were required to adopt an English-sounding name and have all their mail redirected through a British postal address in order to keep their foreign identities – and the existence of this special Commando unit – a secret should they be captured whilst behind enemy lines.  Ernst therefore from this point on took the name Earnest Lawrence.


The unit eventually started getting involved in raids along the French coast, and was fully involved in the D-Day landings on 6th June 1944.  From that point they conducted ongoing raids further and further into France to re-establish territory and push back the Germany Army.

Two weeks later this troop had reached Breville, just east of the Pegasus Bridge.  On the night of 22nd June Ernest Lawrence went out on a mission to identify which German unit the commandos were facing at the time.  He made his way with one other Commando and snuck into the enemy trenches.  He came across a German soldier there but snapped at him (in fluent German, of course) “Keep quiet!  Do exactly as I tell you and nothing will happen to you.  But one word out of you and you are dead”.  The German panicked and screamed.  Ernest shot him.  Then, not wanting to return empty-handed, and with typical Commando confidence and optimism, he thought he had enough time to get the man’s paybook out of his breast pocket in order to obtain the necessary information.  However, other Germans were closer than he had calculated, and they rushed and overpowered him.  He was uninjured, but was last seen being led away by the Germany soldiers.

Ernest Lawrence was never heard from again.  No notification.  No name on any casualty list.  No grave.  Just the name on the Bayeux Memorial.