On Friday 10th the Head Boy, George Freeth and Head Girl, Isobel Green-Morris represented the School at the Remembrance Parade held at Barr Beacon War Memorial. Assisted by two of the newly formed Combined Cadet Force Cadets, they laid a wreath in remembrance of those who have fallen in conflict. On Sunday the 12th November, George and Isobel again represented the School at Aldridge’s Remembrance Parade. This time they took part in the parade which marched from Aldridge’s Community Centre to the War memorial where they joined others designated to lay wreaths on behalf of organisations. After the Last Post was played and a minutes silence observed, they took their turn in laying a wreath on behalf of the school to honour those who have fallen. At the end of the ceremony they then marched back to the Community Centre where they re-joined their families for a welcome hot drink.
Thursday 9th November saw half of the Cadets carry out their first Remembrance Day Parade. This was presented to the Year 7 Students in the school amphitheatre. The Parade was called to attention by Cadet William Mellor then stood at ease. The SSI Sgt Bew then gave a short history lesson on the origins of Remembrance Day and the poppy as its symbol.
On completion, Cadets Douglas, Stone and Evans then read the poem “On Flanders Fields” written by John McRae to the assembled audience. This was followed by the playing of the Last Post, a two minute silence and the rouse.
To finish, Cadet Lawlor read the epitaph found in the War Cemetery at Kohima in India, written by John Edwards Maxwell.
On the 10th November two Cadets escorted the Head Boy and Girl to a wreath laying ceremony at Barr Beacon War Memorial.