Staff and students of Upton Court Grammar School commemorated Remembrance Day on Wednesday 11 November 2015, in a moving ceremony led by the Principal.
Mrs Hernández Estrada spoke of the concept of making the ultimate sacrifice for noble causes as well as the smaller, everyday sacrifices we make for the benefit of our community. A group of sixth form students conducted a short play in which students were reminded of the courage and commitment of service personnel and a poem written by a Year 11 student was shared.
Guest speaker was Gez Wheeler, a former Royal Army Service Corps, who served two years as National Service in World War 2. He spoke of his own experiences and those of his father who served in France during the First World War, and explained the significance of the medals he wore.
Following a two-minute silence, a poppy wreath was laid next to a plaque, commemorating Upton Court Grammar School’s former students that had fallen in wars over the past century.
The School’s Principal, Mrs Hernández Estrada said “self-sacrifice is a concept very familiar to our students whose generosity and thoughtfulness is in evidence every day. Today we reflected on the generosity of others and on our common wish for peace in the world.”