100 Years Remembrance

Posted at 11:09 am on 15th November, 2021

Flixton Girls School was delighted to be able to put on traditional year group Remembrance assemblies again this year, following a partial lifting of restrictions.  We were especially honoured to have these led by our guest naval officer, Commander Johnston, who served in the forces for 37 years and brought history alive for the students. Drawing upon his own experiences, as well as local research, each assembly focused on why we mark Remembrance, gave thanks for the people who help and protect others now, or who have done so in the past, and created an opportunity to reflect on those who have been hurt or killed and their families.

In addition, we were able to join together as a school community for a short service of remembrance with our own guard of honour, wreath laying, last post and a two-minute silence.

Commander Johnson commented about his attendance at FGS, ‘Today has been a real privilege to present my thoughts on Remembrance during your assemblies. It was a great pleasure to meet and speak with so many students and staff throughout the day. I could not help but be so impressed by everyone’s willingness to listen and impeccable observation of the two minute silence at 11:00. It has truly been an honour to share your Remembrance Day with you.”

During form time activities, students participated in remembering those who have served as part of the armed forces from Britain and the Commonwealth, as well as the contribution of families of our emergency services and innocent civilians who have suffered or lost their lives as a result of conflict.

The morning was a time of reflection and contemplation, pausing to remember the many comrades who have put their lives on the line during conflicts over many years and how we can use Remembrance as an opportunity to do what we can as individuals to support a peaceful future for all.

Mrs Trussell then escorted the FGS President and Vice-President, as well as students whose parents serve in the military and Commander Johnston to our local memorial site at Davyhulme Circle to place our wreath with others from the community. She tweeted, ‘Students @FlixtonGS led by our @FGS6thForm FGC President remembering the fallen of Urmston and beyond with Commander Johnston this morning - what a privilege!’

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