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February 7, 2019

Pupils poignant recollections mark Remembrance

VETERANS and firefighters joined pupils, staff and governors of Fearns for a very personal Remembrance Service.

Several pupils have been fortunate to be a part of the Legacy 110 project and four trips have been made by pupils and staff to the French and Belgium Battlefields.

They have had the chance to walk in a trench, lay poppies at Menin Gate, find local soldiers and pay their respects and most important of all gain a better understanding of the First World War and create lasting legacies so others learn too.

At the service, in the Arts Theatre, eight pupils who had been fortunate to make trips this year recounted to the guests and pupils what they had experienced and learnt.

Two pupils - Dale Lord and Kalumn Ridgway - have only just returned from their visit that included a service commemorating 100 years since the death of war poet Wilfred Owen on 4th November 1918.

Deputy Headteacher Mrs Panteli led the assembly and Headteacher Mrs Stead read out an extract of Lancashire Poet Laurence Binyan’s famous poem ‘The Fallen’.

Humanities teacher Miss Ashworth told of her own personal involvement having three great-great-uncles who died in the First World War.

She said: “When we came back from Amiens,we put together a presentation of the pupils’ thoughts about what they had experienced and that formed the basis of our Remembrance Service.

“It has been a very busy week, I was on the battlefields a few days ago, then in London with two pupils who were rewarded for their video created as part of their legacy work following a battlefields tour and now the Remembrance Service.

“I would like to thank everyone for attending school today and paying their respects.”

For the last four years, pupils at the school have made clay poppies and to markt he centenary Year 7 pupils placed poppies they had created on a large poppy in the centre of the hall.