15 November 2016

Lest we forget

ATLP schools took part in a number of Remembrance Day events and services this November. All schools respected the two-minute silence as they remembered those who had fallen.

The theme of remembrance has also been chosen for the ATLP writing competition, which has seen creative students put pen to paper to share their thoughts and feelings on the poignant subject.

Neil Warner, headteacher of Arthur Terry School, attended a Remembrance Day Parade in Sutton Coldfield. He said:

It was with such pride, admiration and gratitude that we, as a school community, gathered on Sunday 13th November for the Remembrance Day Parade in Sutton Coldfield.

Our Head Boy and Deputy Head girl laid wreaths at the cenotaph and represented our school community. It was also wonderful to see our students on Friday in their services uniforms; they are a real credit to parents and themselves and great ambassadors for our school. On Friday students conducted themselves admirably as they joined the nation in observing two minutes’ silence remembering all those who have sacrificed their lives.”

The Coleshill School held its annual Remembrance Service to commemorate former students who lost their lives in active service. The event was attended by Tom Wilson, former headmaster of Coleshill Grammar School, whose memoirs ‘In the Shadow of the Wooden Horse’ recalls his days as an RAF officer and navigator. Sue Wallace, Mayor of Coleshill, also attended the event. Coleshill’s ‘lost boys’ appear on plaques at the school.

Headteacher Ian Smith-Childs said:

“I am so proud of the number of students who voluntarily attended the Remembrance Service and were so respectful to commemorate our lost boys.”