Remembrance Service 2018
"We will remember them" - Annual Remembrance Service
On Friday 9 November the whole School community: Years 5 and 6 of the Junior School through to Sixth Form, former staff and pupils, veterans and representatives of our armed forces, came together for our Remembrance Service. The parade was led by our Contingent Commander, Nick Carter.
The service acts as a poignant reminder for our community as we remember the 91 men who lost their lives in the First World War and the 50 men and 1 woman who lost their lives in the Second World War. Today's service was a symbolic one as it commemorated the centenary of the 1918 armistice marking 100 years since the end of the First World War.
A number of wreaths were laid by the Headmaster, Finance Bursar and representatives from the Governors, Services, Scouts and Junior School pupils to commemorate the fallen. The Last Post was played by a pupil to signal the start of the Silence which concluded with the playing of the "Reveille".
Following the service, a presentation and luncheon was organised in the Memorial Hall where Chris Lowe a veteran of the 5th Staffs Battalion talked briefly about the 'For the Fallen' First World War exhibition currently running at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition centres around a First World War banner, recently discovered, that was created by veterans of the 5th Staffs Battalion in the 1920s and by members of the British Legion. Following the talk, Chris presented our Headmaster Michael Getty with a DVD of information containing details about the lives of former pupils who died in the First World War.
A number of students representing each of the sections of the CCF; Army, Navy, RAF also gave a short presentation about the CCF at school and the various activities, trips and qualifications students can take part in through joining one of the three sections.
In the words of John Maxwell Edmonds, "For your tomorrow we gave our today."