Nfld. & Labrador

16 for 16: How school kids see the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel

A class from Rennie's River Elementary sent in words that remind them of the bloody First World War battle.

Grade 5 class chooses words to describe deadly WW I battle

CBC Newfoundland and Labrador is asking the public for the 16 words to describe the province's role in the First World War, and the Battle of Beaumont Hamel. (CBC News Graphics)

When CBC Newfoundland and Labrador put a call out for words to describe one of the most iconic battles of the First World War, we never imagined the most moving answers would come from a group of 10-year-olds.

Cindy Sullivan's Grade 5 class at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's have been studying the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel.

When they saw CBC's call for 16 words to commemorate the battle in 1916, the students submitted words that came to their minds.

Rachel is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"When the soldiers [went] to war, they had hope that they would win."

Nadani is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"I picked the word faith because the soldiers who fought, had a lot of faith to go to war, risk their lives and leave their families behind."

Zachery is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary. He chose the word 'family' to describe the battle. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"The people who went to war had to leave their family behind. They must have been so sad."

Jordan is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"This word describes the war perfectly. It was horrible, tragic, and scary. No one ever felt safe."

Jayda is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"I picked this word because the soldiers must have been scared and nervous.  They were so afraid they might die or be injured."

Aaron is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"In order for the soldiers to go into war, they needed to work together and be a team."

Lochlann is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"I choose this word because it is depressing to think about how many Newfoundlanders died so quickly."

Jordana is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"It was scary for the families at home wondering if their son/husband/father would make it back. It was also so scary for the soldiers because they could die."

Shawn is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"This is a good word to describe the war because it was a bloody and dreadful battle."

Josh is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"It was a tragic moment because hundreds of Newfoundland soldiers died in battle."

James is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"Everything was getting destroyed, so many people were dying."

Chris is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"I choose this word because there is no reason this war had to happen. It was a pointless event."

Victoria is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"Beaumont-Hamel was a disaster because men were dying, the land was being destroyed and the families at home were worried for their loved ones."

Aiden is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"It is unnecessary to have to fight over something like this. It should never have happened."

Patrick is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"I picked this word because of how terrible it must have been."

Morgan is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"The battle must have been very intense.  Bombs exploding, guns being fired and men screaming."

Jonah is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"The soldiers were brave to go to war and the families were brave at home to let them go."

Megan is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"It is sad that families had to lose a father, a son or a brother in war."

Mohammed is a Grade 5 student at Rennie's River Elementary in St. John's. (Ariana Kelland/CBC)

"Soldiers put their own life on the line for others."

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