A Service of Remembrance was held in the quad of Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy where students, staff, Governors, members of the Royal British Legion and Stationers’ Livery Company gathered to remember all those who died in service to their country. The service was organised by Academy student cadets under the leadership of staff member, Lt Col Jeremy Wilson TD.
Students read poems and prayers and all joined in the hymn ‘Eternal Father Strong to Save’. Academy students Conor Shiels, Year 11, and Henry Vu, Year 8, took photographs of the Service.
Year 11 Ashdown School student, Esther Mandisodza played The Last Post and a two minute silence was observed across the whole Academy at 11am. Executive Principal, David Millar, said a prayer and the Royal British Legion read The Commitment after which wreaths and poppies were laid.
Inspired by the stunning poppy display ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London in 2014, Academy students in Years 7 – 10 created their own art installation during art lessons comprising over 1,000 poppies. This formed a stunning backdrop to the Service. The installation will remain on display in the Crown Building for visitors to enjoy, reflect and remember those who lost their lives during wartime.
A member of our Learning Support staff brought in a letter from her Great Uncle, Theo, sent to his mother on 11 October 1918 from his hospital bed in Egypt. It was the last letter she received as he sadly passed away from dysentery shortly before his 20th birthday.
My Dear Mother
I am very sorry I have not written for oh! such a long time, but this is the first opportunity I have really had.
No doubt you will have heard of the “stunt” out here, in which I partook. Unfortunately I got an attack of dysentery and am now in Egypt in hospital. I am getting better, so there is no occasion to worry about me at all.
How are all at home? I hope you are all keeping well.
I am in a very nice hospital, I couldn’t have better attention.
By the time this reaches you I suppose the cold wintry weather will have come. The weather here is lovely, not too warm.
What do you think of the big advance we made out here? In fact we are doing well on every front now. I can see the war ending very shortly.
Well, I will close now. Please do not worry about me Mother. I shall soon be better again.
With fondest love to Mater, Granny, Tony, Mary, Doris and Dora, I remain yours affectionately, Theo
Throughout the day lessons across the Academy were themed to mark Remembrance Day. Activities included debating why war is geographical; writing war poetry; devising a war dance and even enquiring into the use of computing (i.e. Bletchley Park, Alan Turing and the Code Breakers) in the outcome of the second world war. It was a truly engaging and informative day which provided all students with the opportunity to reflect on the importance of commemorating Remembrance Day.
On Sunday 13 November, students joined David Millar and Associate Principal, Anita Croft, in the Eltham Community Remembrance Parade organised by the Royal British Legion where they lay a wreath at the War Memorial in the town on behalf of the Academy.
David Millar, Executive Principal, said: “The Academy service was extremely moving and I am very proud by the respect shown by students as we remember all those who died in service for their country. I would also like to thank the students who joined me on Sunday for voluntarily giving up time during the weekend to represent the Academy in the Eltham Community Remembrance Parade.”