Remembrance is a theme we re-visit every year but, with 2018 being 100 years since the end of the First Word War, things really resonate this time.

This week saw poppies on sale and work connected to the British Legion’s ‘Thank You’ campaign. All students also had the chance to earn House points by contributing a ‘Thank You’ postcard to the window display in the school library.

This commemoration was also displayed at the front of school with the poppy installation which had been designed and created by the DT Department using old plastic bottles.

Elsewhere, the school laid it annual wreath at the National Arboretum and Sixth Form students will be performing in a remembrance service at The Spires Care Home. Furthermore, all Sixth Formers got to wear red for a day to raise money for their chosen charity – the National Caribbean Monument Appeal – which is targeting recognition for the Caribbean contribution to Britain during the First and Second World Wars.

Carrie Cain, Assistant Headteacher, said: “Our students have been superb all week and have really embraced the ‘Thank You’ message surrounding this year’s Poppy Appeal. It hasn’t mattered if it has been singing wartime songs at our neighbouring care home, or singing thank you poppies outside the library, or laying a wreath at the National Arboretum or building the commemorative poppy display the front of school , so many students have made us feel incredibly proud this week.”

Matt Allman, Headteacher, added: “Remembrance is an important November for us and we have built international links at this time to help our students understand the connections between our daily life and the wider world. Respect and reflection are not on the National Curriculum, they don’t get a grade on a CV, but they are vital lessons for life.”