School falls silent for act of remembrance
Students at The Radclyffe School marked two minutes’ silence on Friday 11th November as part of our collective act of remembrance.
The anniversary of Armistice Day, the end of the First World War, was an opportunity for students and staff to remember the sacrifice made in both World Wars and in other conflicts. Each year students create a display, which provides a focus for remembering. This year, students shared their thoughts, writing them on paper ‘hands’, on why they wish to remember. The hands were formed into wreaths by each class to create the exhibit. Poppies and images of remembrance were also included.
The beating of drums called staff and students to the act of remembrance, which included the sounding of the last post and a reading of the poem In Flanders’ Fields, written in 1915 by Canadian military doctor John McCrae. After wreaths were laid alongside the display, a two minutes’ silence was observed to recall what was endured during wars.
In lessons Year 8 students got a practical lesson in the experiences of the First World War. Former teacher Jason King shared his fascinating collection of historical artefacts with students, presenting the story of a typical soldier on the Western Front in 1914.
Teacher of History Amanda Jacob said, “Students appreciate how important it is to learn about and remember what people went through in war. It is about more than studying History, giving everyone a time to remember what older generations have been through in the wars.”