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During the assembly I explained who we are remembering and why; particularly that we remember those who gave their lives to defend our country – not to celebrate war.  


I also explained why we wear the poppy as a symbol of remembrance and why we mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day in the way that we do.


Throughout the assemblies this week, the students’ behaviour was impeccable and they gave their full attention to what was being said.  I hope that during this short time the students here at Futures gained a better understanding of Remembrance and the reasons surrounding it.


Leslie Kleinman and his wife Miriam came to visit us on Tuesday to talk about his life and experiences as a Holocaust survivor.  The Year 8 students listened intently as he recounted the events of his life; including the murder of his entire family; his treatment in the ghetto in Romania and his time spent as a prisoner in Auschwitz.  The students were an absolute credit to the school and their behaviour was excellent throughout the talk.  They asked sensitive questions, shook Mr Kleinman's hand and queued patiently wanting to have their photograph taken with him.  They were fascinated and inspired by what they heard.  At the end of the talk, Kye, a Year 8 student presented Mr and Mrs Kleinman with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of Year 8 students to show their appreciation.






Remembrance Assembly – Mr J Carter, Director of Finance and Resources


During the week of 6 November, the subject of Remembrance has been the focus of the School’s Year Group assemblies.  It was considered that because of my background that I would be ideally placed to lead the assembly.

 

Before working in schools, I had completed 23 years’ service in the Army.  During my service I had taken part in annual Remembrance parades in many locations around the world and have had the privilege of being part of the Cenotaph Parade in London as well as the extremely moving parade held annually at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, which saw some of the heaviest fighting during World War One.  


It is for these reasons that when I was asked to lead the Year Group assemblies, I had no hesitation in agreeing to do so.  From my perspective I believe it is very important that people understand why we have Remembrance Sunday and mark Armistice Day annually.



Futures Remembers


At Futures, students marked the occasion of Remembrance with maturity and reflection this week.   Assemblies throughout the week were led by Mr Carter, the School’s Director of Finance.  In addition, we commemorated the sacrifice made by others.  Lessons stopped and teachers spoke for a few minutes about the reasons why we remember and this was followed by the observing of the two-minute silence.  Poppies were worn with pride throughout the week leading up to Armistice Day and during the silence students stood silently in reflection.  Year 9s are currently studying World War One and as such have a fuller understanding of the reality of war.