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The Academy Remembers

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the day Britain entered one of the greatest wars in its history – the First World War. Known also as ‘The Great War’, it lead to 16 million deaths and 20 million wounded making it one of the deadliest wars in human history. Lasting over four years, fighting continued until the 11th of November 1918, Armistice Day.

 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the day Britain entered one of the greatest wars in its history – the First World War. Known also as ‘The Great War’, it lead to 16 million deaths and 20 million wounded making it one of the deadliest wars in human history. Lasting over four years, fighting continued until the 11th of November 1918, Armistice Day.

Remembrance events have taken place all over the country this year with one of the most famous being ceramic artist, Tom Piper’s 888,246 china poppies cascading from the battlements of the Tower of London.

Students at Aylesbury Vale Academy marked the centenary in their own ways. Reverend Lane led College assemblies on the theme of remembrance with some of the most poignant moments being students addressing the assembly about great grandparents who had died in World War II and even staff revealing stories of grandparents who had fought in World War I. Miss Kitter launched a First World War poetry competition which has received over one hundred entries to date and the winner is due to be published in the November newsletter. The library was taken over in the week leading up to Armistice Day with an installation dedicated to reflection. The reflection space was built to allow students to make a poppy while they thought of wars past and present and to plant a poppy for a lost loved one. A graffiti wall also provided an opportunity for students to write their own words of remembrance.

On Armistice Day itself, work stopped as all staff and students observed a two minute silence while the sound of a bugle echoed around the atrium. The silence allowed students to reflect on those who have lost their lives in current and past conflicts.