On 9 November, students from Year 7 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 particularly poignant, as it marked the centenary of the Armistice which brought the First World War to an end on 11 November 1918.
Head Girl Alisha Layfield reflected on her own experience of visiting some of the First World War cemeteries in Belgium. Head Boy Nathan Threlfall urged us to remember past wars and to reflect on the devastating impact of wars on families and on society as a whole.
Mr Barney recited a deeply moving poem by the famous war poet Siegfried Sassoon, and Mrs Hytner read a passage from the Bible. Year 7 students joined in the service too, singing the rousing hymn Abide With Me, which they had spent time learning and practising through the week.
Mr Worthington, Head of Humanities, said: “This is a very important and special occasion for the students. I would like to thank Reverend Allen Waller for leading this year’s service of remembrance and for welcoming us so warmly to the magnificent setting of Oxton St Saviour’s Church.”