Today, our school community comes together to honour and remember the brave individuals who dedicated their lives to defending and protecting our nation’s democratic freedoms and way of life. The Royal British Legion’s Remembrance theme for 2023 focuses on ‘Service,’ acknowledging the sacrifices made by those who serve.
This year holds significant anniversaries tied to the theme of ‘Service.’ On the 70th anniversary of the Korean War armistice, we pay tribute to the British and Commonwealth forces who faced unimaginable conditions. We also honour the generation that undertook National Service, commemorating 60 years since the last serviceman was demobbed (released from the Armed Forces).
Reflecting on the 75th anniversary of the arrival of Caribbean settlers on the Empire Windrush, we explore the connections between the Armed Forces and the Windrush Generation, recognising their service and their vital role in rebuilding post-war Britain.
Our commitment to remembering extends to personnel of Commonwealth heritage, with support for South Asian Heritage Month and Black History Month.
In a poignant moment, our staff and pupils belonging to military associations gathered in the Year 7 courtyard to pay their respects. The entire school observed a two-minute silence, initiated by our Deputy Head, Mr. J Cain, accompanied by the haunting melody of ‘The Last Post.’
As we remember those we’ve lost, we also extend our thoughts to those currently serving, ensuring our safety. During the two-minute silence, we collectively held space for gratitude and reflection on the sacrifices being made for our security.
Let us carry the spirit of remembrance forward, cherishing the lessons of history and the resilience of those who have served. Together, as a school community, we stand united in gratitude and respect.
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