In the BSB the act of remembrance is being held by the staff and students as a mark of respect for all those affected by war today and in the past. Led by the students of Tutor Group Year 13Gb, supported by Mr Woodruff (Director of Learning Humanities) the school ran a series of tutorials and remembrance assemblies where all students, from Year 3 to Year 13, participated. We believe that by remembering the pain of conflict, we live in hope for a peaceful world, and trust current and future generations work to that end.
Undoubtedly the aim is to instill in youth of today that war does not resolve disputes and never has. Through this extended enrichment activity, the students join an international theme of remembering the less fortunate who suffer today because of conflict in our world, and respecting those who in the past have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in freedom today. Our students have, and continue to develop, an antiwar feeling, and at the same time value those who have given their all to defend a valued way of life.
According to Mr Woodruff, “The students identified with the conflicts of today, empathizing with all who suffer as a result of such trauma’s. Reflection on the past whereby others gave to secure the futures of the present. Examples where given by students remembering people like great grandfathers who died in the Spanish Civil war, and friends who are today being drafted into armies, like a 17-year-old friend of a student being drafted into the Israeli army when our own are thinking about the wonderful careers and good times ahead of them at University. The students agree that it is a small undertaking to give a little time once a year and remember those that give and gave, including, past and current friends, and relatives – uncles, aunts, grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, cousins, and of course those we don’t know and never will, but gave and give anyway”.
330 euros were raised for the people that suffer today from war.
Certainly, as students put it last year, “We shall not forget”.