Remembrance, Friday 11th November 2022Posted on: 11/11/2022
All Blenheim students and staff attended a Remembrance Commemorative Service today remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that future generations could enjoy the freedoms that they do today. From 10:30am students walked onto the Tennis Courts in silence accompanied by their Form Tutor. Once all students and staff were in place and after a brief address from myself, Head Boy, Luke and Head Girl, Calla, read out passages relating to those that had fallen in conflicts. After this the exhortation was then recited by the Head Boy:
"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."
Wreaths were then laid by Governor Markos Papadopoulos and Luke and Calla. This was followed by the trumpeting of The Last Post, two minutes collective silence and then the trumpeting of The Reveille by our Chair of Governors, Amalia Pateman. Before students were dismissed Head Girl, Calla read out the Kohima Epitaph:
"When you go home, tell them of us and say,
For your tomorrow, we gave our today."
Commemorating Remembrance serves two broad functions at Blenheim. Firstly, it reminds students that the British values of Democracy, Mutual Respect, the Rule of Law, Liberty and Tolerance are precious and have been 'hard fought'. They have not just happened. Secondly, Remembrance ensures that Blenheim students 'do not forget' and, in time, have the opportunity to pass on the act of Remembrance to future generations.
I would like to thank all Blenheim staff for their support today as well as our Head Boy and Girl, Luke and Calla, our Governors, Markos Papadopoulos and Sandra Balkwill and Chair of Governors, Amalia Pateman.
Students are often a credit and today was no exception. I told all 1337 how proud I was of them.
Mr A A Bodell