Throughout November we have marked the centenary of WWI with a series of remembrance events.
We were proudly awarded silhouette soldiers as part of the ‘There but not there’ exhibition grant, and we have hosted a 6 ft aluminium Tommy which has been on display in our school foyer. Tommy was welcomed by the pupils and staff of our partner primary Holy Spirit and also visited Madison Court Care Home where the choir of Holy Spirit sang wartime songs to the residents.
In addition to this a group of students visited key sites of local remembrance in order to commemorate our local WWI heroes. We lay a wreath on behalf of St Cuthbert’s on the St Helens Cenotaph, and we visited the ‘Victory Over Blindness’ statue in Manchester, the only permeant statue to be unveiled in honour of the centenary.
Within school students have been researching local Heroes, and these were presented at our annual Remembrance Service.
However, our commemorative events began before November, when we visited France and Belgium in July to explore the Battlefield sites. Whilst in Belgium we visited sites such as The Meninn Gate, Ypres, Vimmy Ridge, The Battle of the Somme and took part in ‘The Last Post’ ceremony.
Lord, comfort us as we remember the brave men and women who have given their lives in our name during conflict.
Let us think of the service men and women who are currently risking their lives for our freedom.
Hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.