After unpredictable cloudbursts this week, the weather just about held, and we were able to mark the Armistice as planned on Friday. The whole School assembled on the field just before 11am for a traditional service of commemoration. We heard a mixture of readings and prayers from the Head and others, including Mr Bonney, our School Captains, Mrs Bradberry and members of our clergy team. As well as this, Freddie Lynas (12Otter), using a bugle from World War One, superbly played the Last Post and Reveille either side of a two minute silence. Wreaths were laid on behalf of the School, and by a member of the armed forces, who we were fortunate enough to have in attendance at our service. The weather held, but it rained during, and only during, the two minute silence, which added to the poignancy of that moment of solemn reflection. The service ended with the blowing of whistles dating from the Great War. Behaviour was very good, and students showed that they appreciated the importance of this moment, when we pause and consider those people who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.
My thanks must go to staff and students for their support, and my thanks also go to those behind the scenes who helped the event run so smoothly.
Justin Barnett, Head of Humanities