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Lest we forgetOur school community over the last week have come together to remember and show our appreciation for those who have been involved in active service to the Crown, honouring the Armed Forces and veterans, and the contribution of their families.

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Our school community over the last week have come together to remember and show our appreciation for those who have been involved in active service to the Crown, honouring the Armed Forces and veterans, and the contribution of their families. In the year in which we commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One we have joined the British Legion campaign to say thank you to all those who contributed to the war effort from the members of the Commonwealth, to the soldiers as well as the children at home. As a school we have commemorated the end of the war in a number of ways.

Firstly, all students from Year 7 to Year 13 have made a poppy. The students have made in excess of 2000. The students have created a truly stunning carpet of poppies which has been displayed in the schools Remembrance Garden. This has given the students the opportunity to individually reflect.

History students in both Year 11 and Year 13 have led their peers in Remembrance through assemblies on the theme of thank you. The assemblies have explored the contribution of a range of people and both the positive and negative legacy of the war.

Furthermore, staff and students have also researched their family history and their own personal connection to war. Students in Key Stage Three have told their history teachers of stories about miners who were given a white feather as people thought they were a coward, boys who were as young as Year 10 who joined up and were given medals for their bravery and women who worked as nurses and relatives who are in the armed forces at present. These amazing stories are being displayed in the history department.

In addition to this students have also been creating their own response to the remembrance of the war. Students have been producing art, music and stories to commemorate the end of the war. There have been some exceptional projects which have shown the outstanding creativity of our students.

We hope that these activities have given our students an appreciation as to why we remember and an opportunity to say thank you to the armed forces for their contribution to keeping us safe today.