On Friday November 10th a group of Year 11 pupils, along with Mrs.Brunton, Mr.McDevitt and Mr.Ritchie, visited Richard Hale School to be part of their Remembrance Service. It was an interesting experience for our pupils who were amazed at the sheer size of the school and the vast number of pupils. We attended the senior assembly (Years 10-13) which was led by Director of 6th Form, Mr.Steve Robins. The Richard Hale senior prefects also gave impassioned speeches about the harrowing WW1 battle at Passchendaele. One video clip was based on the sounds of a battlefield. There were constant loud bangs of bombs and gun shot. Following on from the assembly we congregated with the rest of the school around the cenotaph. The names of all former Richard Hale pupils who fought and lost their lives in WW1 and WW2 were read out. We then heard the last post performed by six trumpeters before respecting two minutes silence. A quite moving and memorable experience.
“I enjoyed it because I’ve never been to a Remembrance service before. I enjoyed listening to the trumpet players playing the last post.” Josh M
“I thought it was memorable to give thoughts to those who gave their lives in conflict. My grandad on my mum’s side flew a Lancaster bomber. He was shot over France. We even have some parts to the plane!” Charlene M
“I thought it was good how the whole school were around the Cenotaph. The research by the students was impressive. Having been in the army myself made it great to see the effort made by the pupils.” Mr. McDevitt
“Once again our students have done themselves proud. The ceremony was imposing in comparison with our school assemblies. Our students responded fittingly and were full of questions and observations afterwards.” Mrs.Brunton
Many thanks to the staff and pupils of Richard Hale for inviting us and making us feel welcome.
Mrs Hooton and Ms McCormack took 12 members of the School Council on a trip to find out what the role of the Mayor actually involves.
The pupils individually asked him a question (which he answered at length), about the responsibilities involved in being The Mayor. Mr Alex Curtis, the youngest ever Mayor of Ware showed pupils around the beautiful Priory building telling them about it’s history.
They were able to try on his gold chain and use the gavel which is a small hammer, to keep order in the meeting chamber.
It was a very informative visit and something the school council can share with the rest of the pupils at Pinewood.