On the 10th, 11th , 12th and 13th of November a series of special commemorative assemblies were held with each year group, to mark one hundred years of the start of World War One.
Eloise Mckeown, Elaine Man and Poppy Kemp led all the assemblies in a moving tribute of remembrance and reflection to service personnel who fought, been injured or died in the many conflicts from World War One to Afghanistan. They remembered local people such as Amelia Cross and Fred Arthur Foot who sacrificed their lives at such as young age, to secure victory and the freedoms for their country and future generations.
At the start of the ceremony students, from the cadets, scouts, guides and St John Ambulance in uniform, filed down the aisle to the front of the Hall. At the end of the ceremony, Elizabeth Butterworth played the haunting ‘the Last Post’ whilst two sixth form school officers carried and displayed a British and Townley flag and students from 8 Hestia, Jamie Yates and Georgia Jones, presented a wreath of poppies as a mark of respect.
The whole school is a sea of poppies, thanks to the endeavours of our Arts Technician, Grace Dooley. She has placed reminders in every subject area and corridor of the local people who died in the Great War with moving extracts from poems which capture the unimaginable suffering endured by the soldiers. On the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month, the whole school fell silent as a mark of respect and remembrance. Later that morning, Eloise, Elaine and Poppy had the opportunity to visit Bexley Cemetery and they placed a posy of poppies on the grave of Fred Arthur Foot who died aged just 19 on 24th March 1915.
At Townley we commemorate Armistice every year but this year is very special with the centenary. Therefore, this is beginning of many occasions during the year and over the next four years that we remember and reflect upon the ‘War to End All Wars’.