Magical History Course

It Was 50 Years Ago Today...

2nd June 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' 'Sgt Pepper' album, an historic moment in the evolution of contemporary music as an art form. Not just that, but a musical extravaganza whose packaging was itself seen as a landmark in design.

At Magna Academy, we are in the process of creating a series of pull-up banners that motivate students and staff. These banners range from short, impactful messages like "Work Hard and Be Kind", "Excellence Is A Habit" and "100% Every Day, No Excuses" to poems that the Academy has adopted as its own - "If" by Rudyard Kipling and "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley.

We have also challenged the various departments around the school to create their own motivational banners and History has come charging out of the blocks with a 'Magical History Course' spoof on that iconic Sgt Pepper album cover, a copy of which you can see below.

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sgt-pepper 340Above: 1967, Sgt Pepper album cover

lPp2CKNU 340Above: 2017, flower tribute at Chiswick House, where the album cover was photographed 50 years ago

DAW-dQjXUAArxTK 340Above: 1967, Chiswick House. Designer Peter Blake
assembles the photo shoot.

We caught up briefly with Mr Wardzinski, Subject Co-Ordinator for History, to learn a bit more about the project. He told us:

"It was too good an opportunity to miss, really. The anniversary of this landmark event in modern history led us to think who we might assemble in a collage of historical faces. Of course, we had to retain the flower bed, so we thought 'why don't we make that a bed of poppies instead?' and that in turn got us thinking about having a WW1 soldier wearing a poppy. It was important that we didn't populate our collage with just famous faces - History is about everyday people too."

While the pull-up banner is now made and displayed, Mr Wardzinski isn't anywhere near finished in developing this concept further.

"After half-term, I'll be running a competition for students to put a name to all the characters on the banner. Several of them are part of the syllabus here but an appreciation of History goes further than just learning for exams. As the banner reads, 'the more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future."

Look out for the competition, Magna students. A splendid time is guaranteed for all!