We will remember them

  • Posted On: 12 November 2019
  • Author: Jill Lundberg
We will remember them

Richmond School and Sixth Form students and staff remembered those who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars and more recent conflicts. 

On Sunday 10th November, many students were involved in Remembrance Services across Richmondshire where they represented the Army and RAF cadets, the Girl Guides and Scouts, as well as musicians taking part in church services.  Two of our service students, Autumn McIvor and Isaac Fong in Year 8, joined Mrs Potter, Headteacher, at the Remembrance ceremony at the Friary Gardens where they were honoured to lay the wreath on behalf of Richmond School and Sixth Form College.

Further afield, Jon Giddens, Maintenance Manager, was proud to take part in the Remembrance Parade, at the Cenotaph in London, for the fifth consecutive year. Jon was in the Royal Signals from 1989-2012, leaving as a Staff Sergeant after serving in Germany, Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan

The school observed the two-minute silence on 11th November when Eleanor Donaghy, Year 12 student, played the Last Post which was transmitted throughout the school. On behalf of all the students and staff, Eleanor was thanked for playing the Last Post so beautifully.

Four Year 10 History students were at the Green Howards Museum to observe the two-minute silence.  Alice Brown, Emily Coates, Evie Schmidt and Ross Wheatley were representing Richmond School in a project where each secondary school in the area has ‘adopted’ a Victoria Cross winner from the Green Howards.  The students have produced a banner and this was unveiled at the Museum. They were privileged to chat with Colonel Jason Wright, a trustee of the Green Howards Museum and honorary Colonel of the Yorkshire Regiment. A full report will follow on this fantastic project.

Mrs Potter said: “Each year, I am extremely proud of our students and staff who are involved in Remembrance services, paying respect to those who have lost their lives in conflict.  They are a huge credit to themselves and the organisations they represent, as well as being wonderful ambassadors for Richmond School and Sixth Form College.”

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