On 10 November, students from Year 7 and Year 8 took part in our annual remembrance service. As always, it was a poignant occasion, as we remembered all those who have given their lives in conflict for their country.
Our service of remembrance has become a landmark occasion in the Ridgeway calendar. In the fitting surroundings of Oxton St Saviour’s Church, we give students time to remember those who have sacrificed their lives in conflict. This year’s service was an opportunity for us to mark the centenary of the battle of Passchendaele, during which over 500,000 men were either killed or wounded.
Head Girl Olivia Wallace and Head Boy Jonty Hughes talked of their memories of their trip to the war cemeteries of Belgium. This helped listeners to picture what would have faced soldiers on the western front. On behalf of students and staff, two wreaths were laid by Jonty Hughes and Joanie Needham after an impeccably observed two minutes’ silence.
The service was led by Revd. Allen Waller, who gave us the time to reflect on our lives today and how they compare with the lives of those fighting and dying, often far from home and family, for their beliefs. Allen challenged students to consider what they believed in and what they were willing to sacrifice in the name of their beliefs.
As always, we would like to thank Oxton St Saviour’s for their hospitality and Revd. Allen Waller for a moving and thought-provoking service.