Remembrance for Peace

Remembrance Day is always a big deal at Penrice Academy. It is arguably one of the most important events of the calendar and it means a lot to our staff and students to mark it each year.

To mark Remembrance Day this year at Penrice we are creating a Remembrance Wall, which will be a montage of photos and memories of students’ and staff members’ families who have been involved in any conflict or service.

We are also going to be taking part in Remembrance for Peace this year, which will see young people not only learn from the past but also choose to engage courageously with the present so that the future can be different. Read more about the cause and Oasis Inspire here.

“These ‘Remembrance for Peace’ assemblies and lessons will explore issues of peace and identity with a focus on WWI to help students commemorate the centenary of The Armistice and ‘remember for peace’. They will give opportunities to explore the impact of WWI and embed themes of peace throughout the lead up and to build knowledge.” (Remembrance for Peace)

On the day of the 9th of November, Penrice will join others across the country in other “Remembrance for Peace” events with Inspire.

Mrs Stevens said: “Remembrance Day is a poignant, reflective and essential day for our students. Each year it’s fantastic to see them discuss and, most importantly, remember those who gave their lives in conflicts throughout the last 100 years. To give them the opportunity this year to add their own family history to our service is also important and we’ve already received some wonderful images and messages.”

As a school, we will all complete a lesson of reflection which will include our 2-minute silence.

Students will be given the opportunity to reflect on past conflicts and compare how these have been remembered for future generations so we can learn from and build into our school and our communities and ethos of understanding and tolerance.

We will also be holding Remembrance for Peace assemblies as well as compiling our Remembrance Wall, and as ever our students and staff are encouraged to attend in uniform representing their various organisations during our wreath laying ceremony on the 9th November.

Our Remembrance Wall

We are asking that you use a phone or tablet to take a photo of the original picture and then email this to Mrs Stevens – or Mr Johnson – or – along with the name of the student, the name of the family member and which conflict they served in (e.g. WW1). To allow time for preparation we are requesting the pictures before the end of half-term.

More information will follow regarding arrangements for marking Remembrance Day in school.