School falls silent for act of remembrance
Students at The Radclyffe School will mark two minutes’ silence this Friday (10th November) as part of a collective act of remembrance.
Each year students create a display, which provides a focus for remembering. Large paper poppies and images of remembrance form the display this year. One poignant exhibit is a series of posters displayed around the school, where the surnames of current members of staff are matched with surnames on the thousands of graves managed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The hymn Abide with me will call staff and students to the act of remembrance, which will include two minutes’ silence, the sounding of the Last Post and Sunset, and a reading of the poem In Flanders’ Fields written in 1915 by Canadian military doctor John McCrae.
Alongside the Remembrance activity, Year 8 History students will get a practical lesson in the experiences of the First World War. Former teacher Jason King shares his fascinating collection of historical artefacts with students, presenting the story of a typical soldier on the Western Front in 1914.
Head of Humanities Jackie Sykes said, “The remembrance event helps students to 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 the sacrifice and suffering people have gone through to protect freedom.”