At 11am on the 11th November, Bishop Luffa School fell silent to mark the Armistice. The whole School came together to remember those who served, and all of those affected by the horrors of war, an event with extra poignancy this year due to events in Ukraine, and the presence in our School community of Ukrainian students and staff. A short, formal service of commemoration brought the School together in prayer and reflection, with readings by the Head, Mr Bonney, Mrs Bradberry, our School Captains (Alex Webb & Amy Joyce), and Reverend Paul Collins. A wreath laying ceremony and the Last Post (ably played by Mr Goldsmith) preceded the customary two minutes silence. An honour guard of students wearing the uniforms of different organisations they are part of, helped illustrate the solemnity of the occasion. To mark the end of the service, Alex Webb blew a whistle used in the trenches, to provide a tangible link to those who fought all that time ago. With recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the conflict in Ukraine, and other conflicts around the World, it is clear that such events are as timely as always, as well as providing an enduring link to the horrific events of times past. The students were exemplary in their behaviour, and show a clear understanding of why such events, and remembrance more generally, matter to the School, and the country at large.
Mr J Barnett, Head of Humanities