Remembrance Day is observed across the David Ross Education Trust

Friday, November 10, 2017

Pupils, students and staff from across the David Ross Education Trust have been taking part in a number of activities this week in commemoration of Remembrance Day.

Primary and secondary academies across the network have created their own poppy wreaths, attended church services and held special assemblies to honour the bravery of our armed forces, while learning more about why Remembrance is such an important part of British life, culture and heritage.

Pupils at Corby’s Rockingham Primary School took part in the British Legion Poppy Poster Competition, where they created their own posters to help remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty. Yunus, Maisy and Gracie from Rockingham Primary School were delighted to learn that their poster designed had appeared within the top ten entries for the competition.

Students at nearby Lodge Park Academy also remembered former students Lance Corporal James Ashworth, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery and Craftsman Alex Shaw, who was killed in action on the Falklands.

Year 7 students and staff at Corby Glen’s Charles Read Academy visited their local war memorial to pay their respects. Members of the local cadet force and ex-serviceman, Mr Simmons, joined the students for a two-minute silence. 

A commemorative service was held at Northampton’s Malcolm Arnold Academy where former student, Corporal Jack Halsey, spoke to students during the assembly about the peacekeeping and humanitarian work currently taking place within the Armed Forces. Malcolm Arnold students, Elsie Ward and Naia Ellott-Spence, performed a moving vocal performance in honour of the soldiers.

Meanwhile, pupils at Hull’s Wold Academy welcomed an ex-serviceman into the school. He visited the school with an array of medals and discussed his experiences with the pupils during his visit. 

Other Remembrance activities across the Trust included:

·      Skegness Grammar School held a Remembrance Concert. Year 11 student, Will Jacobs, composed music for the event.

·      Northampton’s Eastfield Academy held their annual Remembrance assembly, where Year 6 pupils recited the poem In Flanders Field.

·      Pupils at Northampton’s The Arbours Primary Academy have been writing poems and selling Poppy Appeal items throughout the week.

·      Spilsby’s King Edward VI Academy held its own winter concert in aid of the British Royal Legion. Students and staff raised a total of £250 for the charity.

·      Members of staff at Grimsby’s Humberston Academy held Remembrance assemblies throughout the week. A double leg amputee created a personalised video to make students aware of the importance of supporting the British Legion.

·      Northampton’s Cedar Road Primary School held a Remembrance Service for children, parents and members of the local community.

·      Pupils at Hull’s Thomas Hinderwell Primary Academy made their own clay poppies and wrote their own Remembrance Day poems.

·      Throughout the week, Grimsby’s Havelock Academy has held assemblies in honour of Remembrance Day and to raise awareness within the academy.

·      Pupils at Grimby’s Fairfield Academy have been taking part in a number of different activities, including baking their own poppy biscuits and taking part in guided reading activities on the Battle of the Somme. 

Richard Williams, Director of Academic Studies at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “Students across the Trust have put great thought into how they can honour the memory of those that served our country. We have seen a huge variety of activities take place and I know that every single student has taken the time to reflect and learn more about the significance of Remembrance.”