Friday marked a poignant moment when, at 11 am, the whole school stood together in a powerful two-minute silence, honouring the courageous men and women who have sacrificed in service, both in the past and present. Warrant Officer Class One Ben Townley graced our assembly, sharing his compelling journey of service. His recent honour with The Royal Victorian Order speaks volumes about his dedication. From service in Iraq and Afghanistan to the poignant act of guarding the Queen’s coffin during her state memorial, his account was moving and a stark reminder of the profound significance of remembrance.
Mr. Townley’s guidance urged us to reflect not just on the past but on current global conflicts that many are affected by. His words resonated deeply, emphasising that the pursuit of peace demands ongoing commitment to empathy, understanding, and diplomacy. The conduct of our community, especially your children, was exceptional today. Their respect during the assemblies spoke volumes about their understanding and appreciation for this significant day. A special acknowledgment goes to Miss L Dixon and Mrs. Saunders for their seamless coordination, making this day of remembrance both moving and flawlessly executed. The Art and DT department for putting together a beautiful display of remembrance. Gratitude is also extended to the students who arrived in their service uniforms, displaying a profound show of respect. Personally, joining cadets at the Cenotaph was a humbling moment of unity and recognition that will stay with us for a long time.