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Pupils at a Alder Grange school gathered for a moving Remembrance Day assembly – to mark the 100 year since the end of the Battle of the Somme.

Parents, teachers, veterans in the community and local cadets also attended the service at Alder Grange School, which included live performances of The Green Fields of France and Dulce et Decorum est, plus video presentations created and edited by pupils.

World War 2 veteran Ted Davidson also spoke about his experiences and presented the school with a bronze sculpture to thank the school for their commitment to remembering the fallen.

Year 10 pupils who had visited First World War battlefields in France in April showed moving videos of their visit and talked about their experiences.

Shumel Haydar, Assistant Curriculum Leader for Humanities organised the assembly, he said: “This is now the third year that the school has held a Remembrance Day assembly. We were delighted once again to welcome veterans to our school to share their experiences with us.

“The event is extremely moving, and we hope that we have highlighted to the pupils the importance of commemorating the sacrifice that all those young men made so we can be here today.”

One of the video presentations was about a trip to the battlefields in Belgium where they visited the gravestone of former Headteacher Mr. Hulland’s grandfather who died in the battle of Passchendaele of WW1.

There were also live performances from the school choir and The Last Post performed by Ged Varley, before the school stood still for a two-minute silence.

Head of School, Jo Griffiths said: “A number of the students and teachers put a lot of time and effort into the assembly. It was a fitting tribute to mark this significant day, and great to see so many people here.”



AgMag Summer 2015