Headteacher’s Blog 15/11/2019

The importance of remembering the sacrifice made by soldiers in the wars of the 20th and 21st century has been echoing through the halls of Beckfoot Thornton over the past week.

Alongside numerous students wearing their poppies as a show of remembrance, the importance of this time of year, both within and outside of school has been highlighted in many other ways.

Ms Smith has undertaken a series of assemblies, providing information about the sacrifices made in World War One in particular. She also highlighted numerous medical advances, such as plastic surgery and the Thomas splint, which stemmed from the need to provide innovative treatment to new types of war injuries. This has linked well to to the Medicine Through Time module students are undertaking in History.

A superb display has been set up on the main walk way through the school to provide the students with information regarding the historical and social reasons for remembering the events of the 11th November 1918, and subsequent conflicts.

There was significant representation from the school community at the Remembrance Sunday event at Thornton War Memorial. As well as staff, students and their families attending, there was school representation in local groups attending the event, including the Army Cadet Force, Camouflage Crew and Thornton Scout Group.

On 11th November at 11am, the entire school fell silent as the Last Post was played, followed by a two minute silence and the reading of the Exhortation and Kohima Epitaph, alongside the RBL standard being lowered. The attitude, maturity and involvement of students has been exceptional and shows how they are committed to contributing to their community, especially at times such as this.

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