All Year Groups started today, Armistice Day, with a Remembrance themed lesson. Students were tasked to produce poppies featuring their writing based on one of four options: Young Soldiers; Women in War; Forgotten Voice, Henry Johnson; and the Holocaust survivor, Eli Wiesel. The poppies were later attached to vast paper chains and hung all around the foyer creating a beautiful, poignant display.
Hanging alongside this work are World War I homework projects by Year 9 students, remembering the fallen soldiers from the Brampton area and the rest of the world.
At 11.00am the whole school gathered together for our Remembrance ceremony. This year we were joined by RAF Spadeadam personnel, SGT Duggan, FLT SGT Blenkinsop and FLT Lieutenant Molnar, who gave a reading during the service.
The Last Post, played by Charlotte Hetherington, Poppy Gregory and Matthew Warwick, heralded a minute silence followed by the Reveille.
WHS students who are members of the RAF and Army Cadet Forces paraded in their military uniforms and following the ceremony, they placed the wreath in the school’s memorial garden.
Despite the cold, all the students behaved with admirable reverence and respect during what was our tenth annual ceremony.
A special mention goes to student Ben Duggan who helped to organise the event.
Throughout this week, Forces Personnel are visiting school and taking part in lessons to help develop the relationship between the forces and the school. Sgt Duggan attended an assembly this morning as well as a Maths, Science and History lesson. FLT SGT Blenkinsop also took part in a Maths lesson, and is returning for a Science and a History lesson tomorrow, and on Wednesday, SGT McCullough is going to visit a History lesson. On Thursday, the PTI from Spadeadam will be coming in give some PE lessons. ATTENTION!
Mr Geoff Halford, also from Spadeadam, created a setting in the Performance Hall, entitled ‘Gone but not forgotten’ which actually has some original war time memorabilia.