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Remembrance at Chulmleigh College

On Friday 11th November at 11am all pupils and staff at the College gathered for a reading by the Head Boy Dan Upright and Head Girl Rowan Wise of Last Post, by Carol Ann Duffy, and the playing of the Last Post, followed by two minutes’ silence and then Reveille.

Pupils also created some poignant displays around the College, including poppies planted in the grass, which were made from plastic bottles. Tutor group 9KB created a display entitled ‘Compassion for all our heroes’, including information on pupils’ relatives – Reginald Hooper who was killed during the WW2, and Willis Milner who also served in WW2 and was held in Germany as a Prisoner of War. Included in the display are fascinating documents from his time as a POW.

Headteacher Michael Johnson also spoke to the school, reminding pupils that Remembrance honours the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces, but that this year the gathering was even more poignant because we have amongst us pupils who have direct experience of war, and that a war is now taking place in part of Europe.

We have a significant number of pupils from Ukraine and Syria in the College and we hope they felt our solidarity with them.