Posted on: November 20th 2017

The Act of Remembrance at The Marlborough C of E School

On Wednesday 8th November the school hosted its annual Remembrance Assembly.  Staff and students were joined by the Reverend Canon Adrian Daffern and members of the British Legion to mark this important event in the school calendar.    

The format of the Assembly emulates, as closely as possible, the traditional Remembrance Service and has been taking place at school for over thirty years.  The service included readings by students across all Key Stages of ‘’There Will Be Peace’’ by David Roberts, ‘’Anthem for Doomed Youth’’ by Wilfred Owen and ‘’Taking a stand’’ by John Bailey.  Students Joe Worsfold (Year 10), Imogen Fraser (Year 13) and Bliss Sanders-Hayward (Year 8) performed their readings with confidence and the utmost respect.  The School Choir performed ‘’Bridge over troubled water’’ by Paul Simon and the Last Post and Reveille were performed by Peter Brett (Year 8).      

It is my forth year leading the Remembrance Assembly and I can honestly say that I, along with our guests, am constantly amazed by the respect and maturity shown by all students.  The lowering of the standards to remember the fallen was especially moving for us all.    

The services of remembrance continued with the school’s participation in the Town’s Remembrance Parade on Sunday 12th November.  I was accompanied by Year 8 students, Diane Abdullah and Ben Dean, to lay wreaths on behalf of their fellow students.  As a school, we recognise the importance of thanking the brave men and women of our community, past and present, who gave so much for future generations.

Andrew Hanlon


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