On Friday, 9th November, 2018, the Bower Park community came together to show our respect for all those who gave their lives fighting in the First World War and all conflicts since then. This is a special year, given that the Great War ended one hundred years ago in 1918, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
We were joined in our service by children and staff from Oasis Pinewoods and Clockhouse primary schools. STA travel had provided us with resources to make poppies as part of our Remembrance Day commemoration, and we were very pleased to welcome Marisa VazDeBrito from the company. Romford Labour Party also gave their support to the academy and laid a wreath on our cenotaph. Gary Barber kindly attended, representing the Governing Body.
For the third year in succession, we were joined by Eric Hemming, Jane Mitchel, Christine Gordon, Jim Gordon and Mrs Grix, who dressed in Second World War military attire to give the service some authenticity.
After a brief introduction, Jack Butler (Head Boy) read the exhortation from Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’, which was followed by the Last Post and one minute’s silence. Conor Pocock (Deputy Head Boy) then read the Kohima Epitaph, and Michelle Ssevume (Head Girl) John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, before our guests laid wreaths at the cenotaph. The wreaths from Bower Park were laid by Vicky Gill (Deputy Head Girl) and Conor Pocock.
The students were very reverent and respectful throughout the service. Thank you very much to all our guests for supporting this very special event.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.