The staff and pupils of Ramillies Hall School in Cheadle Hulme remembered the fallen servicemen and women with their own special ceremony at the War Memorial in Cheadle Hulme this afternoon.
For the past two weeks pupils have been using their Art & Design lessons with Ms Ryder to make their own giant poppies. Each pupil laid their own poppy at the memorial before hearing recitals of famous war poems as well as some poetry written by the young people themselves in their English lessons with Mrs Grant. At the sound of ‘The Last Post’, superbly played by music teacher Miss Rathburn, the whole school fell silent assembled around the memorial until ‘The Reveille’ brought them out of their reflective thoughts.
The trip out of school to the memorial followed the traditional two minute silence at 11am and an extended assembly in the afternoon in which Mr Richards explained the significance and reasons behind all the associated traditions of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, Poppies, The Last Post and the work of The Royal British Legion with the aid of videos provided by the Royal British Legion.
“Since September we have been running an initiative called ‘Community’ with the whole school timetabled together on a Wednesday afternoon. We cover the topics and matters usually taught in Personal, Social and Health Education, Citizenship and Religious Studies lessons, but in a far more interactive and dynamic way. Most weeks involve visiting speakers and presenters who can speak from first hand experience of the topic in question. To date we have had visits from the Fire & Rescue Service, Wellspring, Barclays Bank, RespectME, Christians in Schools Trust, Mosaic and Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church with many more visitors planned for the rest of the year, as well as trips out for the pupils,”explained Mr Richards, Director of Studies.
“Many of our pupils do not have experience of being involved in Remembrance Day parades or other community events so we feel it is vital that we include this within our curriculum. As soon as we started planning Community and we noted that 11th November fell on a Wednesday, we knew we had to maximise the opportunity to ensure our pupils are fully aware of Remembrance and the British Values it represents. This was one of the first events planned into the schedule.
“Even the walk down to the memorial and back is an opportunity to teach younger pupils about road safety as pedestrians and gives them experience of participating in a community event,” he added.
Miss Patterson, Principal of Ramillies Hall School commented, “As we stood by the War Memorial and we all fell silent, I felt very proud of our pupils and the respect they showed to the ‘fallen’. It is so important that young people today are given the time to remember the brave actions of our service men and women, past and present.”