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Students show their respect during our whole 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 Matt Grove.

The Act of Remembrance began with prayer and a unifying message of hope, with our thoughts to those who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms and liberties that we have today. After hearing about why it is so important to come together in remembrance, the College joined our choir in singing 'I Vow To Thee My Country'.

Our service continued with readings from our students Senior Team and presentations led by our Head of History, Mrs McClenaghan, who spoke about Queen Elizabeth II and her service during WWII. In this she highlighted Elizabeth's military involvement, including the 'Dig for Victory' campaign and her broadcasted message of resilience to the children of the United Kingdom in 1939. As well as this, Mrs McClenaghan spoke about the Falklands War as this year is the 40th Anniversary of the conflict, which took place in 1982, on the Falkland Islands, off the coast of Argentina.

Our service continued with a reading of the poem 'Falklands Task Force' by Robert C Millar, from our Headteacher, Mrs Bennett, who stood in front of a beautiful, hand-made poppy wreath; created by our Year 7 & 8 art and textiles students using pom poms.

The Act of Remembrance culminated with our student cadets placing poppy wreaths at the front of the stage while our student Rock Choir performed an acoustic version of 'Times Like these' by the Foo Fighters, before 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.