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College Act of Remembrance

This morning the entire College gathered in the Sports Hall to pay their respect, as part of our annual Act of Remembrance.

Almost a thousand people including students, staff, governors and guests attended the service, Led by Reverend Janette Smith of the Church of the Good Shepard.

The Act of Remembrance began with prayer and stories of Servicemen and women that had sacrificed their lives for the freedoms and liberties that we have today. After hearing about the bravery and courage these individuals displayed, and why it is so important to honour their sacrifice, the College joined our choir in singing 'I Vow To Thee My Country'.

Our service continued with a reading from our Head of History, Mrs Masson, who delivered a presentation titled 'Never Again'; highlighting the importance of the formation of the United Nations and other similar organisations, and how they're working daily to prevent conflicts and ease suffering in war-torn countries. 

Our service continued with a reading and poem from our Headteacher, Mrs Bennett, about the lost generation. In which she highlighted the bravery and sacrifice of the young soldiers of the 1914 - 1918 and 1939 - 1945 generations. This was followed by the poem 'The Manhunt' by Simon Armitage, in which a wife describes the physical and emotional scars her husband, Eddie received while serving in Bosnia.

The Act of Remembrance culminated with our student cadets placing poppy wreaths at the front of the stage and the whole College participating in a two-minute silence at eleven o'clock.

Mathematics teacher and musician Mrs Osborne then closed our service with a live performance of The Last Post on bugle.

Thank you to everyone that attended our Act of Remembrance this morning and well done to all of our students; each and every one of you showed your respect today.