Cadets from Gad’s Hill took part in a Remembrance Day parade in their school grounds this morning to commemorate those who lost their lives at war.
Watched by Kindergarten and Junior students, the 15-16 year-olds joined Combined Cadet Force leaders to mark the end of hostilities in the First World War.
A wreath was laid in the school’s memorial garden by a Senior Cadet. As Contingent Commander, Major Mark Lamb, recited war poem, ‘Ode of Remembrance’, former Gadshillians, and flagbearers, marched to a display of red and black poppies, crafted by GCSE DT students.
Addressing the cadets, Headmaster, Mr Paul Savage, spoke of the sacrifices made by soldiers, many not much older than them and how the poppy is a symbol of hope.
Elsewhere at Gad’s Hill, year six classmates are on a fact finding mission to ‘No Man’s Land’, aka the Forest School, where they are finding out what a day in the life of a serving WW1 soldier was really like. The adventure day is linked to the year group’s literacy project on Michael Morpurgo’s ’War Horse’ and they were even surprised with a visit from lead character, ‘Joey’ the horse!
On their way to lessons, younger students paused to remember fallen soldiers next to an art installation which features poppies made by the Junior school cohort.
The red poppy is the most famous symbol used to commemorate those who sacrificed their lives in World War One and conflicts that followed. The black poppy is a commemoration of black, African and Caribbean communities’ contribution to the war effort.