On Thursday 11th November, Ridgeway Academy marked Remembrance Day with a whole school service and two minutes silence. This year marks one hundred years since our nation's collective Remembrance traditions were first brought together. With our school community assembled, our order of proceedings began with a procession of cadets followed by Mrs Mitcherson, our Headteacher, The Reverend Paul Seymour, of Panshanger Church, Dr. Thusu, Haldens County Councillor, Mr Andrews with Ms Devine, our local PCSOs, Mr Rowe and Ms Wilson, from the Waveney Valley Academies Trust, and Kamil, a Sixth Form student and member of our Student Council.
In preparation for the two minutes silence, the school reflected and honoured the sacrifices of those who have and continue to defend our democratic freedoms and ways of life. This included the reading of a poem, written by one of our Year 10 students, and speeches from Mrs Mitcherson, the Reverend Paul Seymour and Kamil. Charlie, a Year 11 cadet for St. Johns Ambulance, led the cadets to our Remembrance Tree where we placed our school wreath, alongside six commemorative icons from The Royal British Legion.
The Last Post sounded to remind us of the military lives lost and mark the two minutes of silence. The students marked the occasion with utmost respect and diligence. It was a moving experience to witness the unitedness of the school and local community. Thank you everyone.