Schools remember: Thorn Grove Primary School, Hockerill Anglo-European College and The Bishop’s Stortford High School pay tribute to the fallen
Schools in Bishop’s Stortford observed Remembrance with their own special tributes.
Thorn Grove primary and Bishop’s Stortford College were represented at the two-minute silence at the war memorial in Castle Gardens on Saturday, Armistice Day, at 11am.
After the town’s Royal British Legion branch president and chairman John Robinson had welcomed the scores of people gathered – including veterans, mayor Cllr Richard Townsend, other town and district councillors and Bishop’s Stortford Army cadets – College Year 13 student JP Dunphy played The Last Post and sounded Reveille on the trumpet.
And six pupils from Thorn Grove took it in turns to read out poetry they had adapted in class. The words were written on card pinned to hand-crafted poppies, and for the benefit of hearing-impaired people the children signed “We will remember them” at the end of each of their contributions.
The six were Year 6 pupils Daniel Ayodele, Lexie Doe, Aaron Haria, Charlotte Lau, Leo Williams and Year 5 boy Connor Jacob, under the supervision of teacher Kathy Canavan.
Meanwhile, at Hockerill Anglo-European College on Saturday, Year 8 boy Sammy played The Last Post during a two-minute silence. The school posted on its Facebook page: “Today, we stand united in remembering and honouring all those who have fallen. Lest we forget.”
Another Year 8 boy called Sam played The Last Post and Reveille at The Bishop’s Stortford High School’s commemoration on Friday.
The whole school gathered in the playground at 11am to remember the fallen. Sixth-formers Joel and Isaac read out poetry.
And at Birchwood High School, principal student Madeleine Gilbank gave the reading and Matthew Reader played The Last Post.