On Monday 12 November 2018 we held our act of Remembrance for Loughton School, to show our respect for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice.
In the run up, children had made poppies to fix to our fence, and painted pebbles. The pebbles made up a large poppy on our field, which became the focal point for the service.
Joining us for our commemoration were Revd Craig Sayle, Councillor Zoe Nolan, Retired Air Vice-Marshal Steve Nicholl from the Royal British Legion and Mr Mark Winter (formerly of the Royal Green Jackets) one of our parents.
In addition, two re-enactors, Mr Andrew Smith and Mr Richard Brown, joined us dressed as WW1 veterans with muskets. These were fired to start and end our 2 minute silence.
Mrs Gates brought the standard from the Royal British Legion, and this was flown by her throughout our time together.
Mr George spoke about the importance of Remembrance, and how it fits into our British Values. Suitable music, and the Last Post, were used throughout the service.
Finally, everyone marched from the playground to the sound of ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ and ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’.
We were very proud of all of our children, who behaved so well, and managed the silence with dignity and thoughtfulness.
All of the staff worked very hard to put together the ceremony, and we would like to thank Mrs Green, Miss Richardson and Mrs gates especially for their hard work with the organisation.
We would like to thank all of our guests, not just our invited VIPs, but all of our parents, family and friends who came along to make this occasion very special, and one that the children will always remember.