Silence observed to remember fallen soldiers

Students and staff honoured those who gave their lives for our freedom by holding a one-minute silence to mark Armistice Day.

The school observed the silence at 11.11am on Friday, November 11 – the date that formally ended hostilities of World War I in 1918. The silence remembered those who fought, not only in World Wars, but the more than 12,000 British Servicemen and women killed or injured since 1945.

Poppies, wristbands and pin badges have also been sold within school to raise money for The Royal British Legion.

Mr D.Brook, Assistant Headteacher, said: “It is vitally important that younger generations understand the sacrifices people made for the freedom we all enjoy today, as well as those who are still fighting.

“This year carries special significance because 1916 was a very bloody year for the British and Empire troops who began a muddy and long drawn out offensive at La Somme to help ease the pressure on the French forces at Verdun.  

“The offensive, which began in July and dragged into November, led to many thousands of fatalities and horrible life-changing injuries on both sides. One hundred years on, the British Legion is asking us to rethink the way we remember and also consider the sacrifice made by the armed forces in modern day too.

“We try to give our students an insight into the atrocities of war and a glimpse of what people did, and continue to give, to allow us all to live the lives we now have.

“The entire school honoured those remarkable men and women with a one-minute silence, which gave us all time to reflect and give thanks.”


Posted on November 10, 2016 .