On November 11th, we held our annual Remembrance Service with special guests including Wing Commander Stuart McNeill and visitors from Bowbridge Court Care Home.
The Combined Cadet Force began the parade through the hall and students, Ethan Matemadombo (Yr9) and Laurynas Gestautas (Yr 9) performed a drama piece depicting the story of 14 year old Magnus Grammar School student, George Collett (pictured right), who, shortly after the outbreak of World War I convinced authorities he was old enough to join the war effort.
Our chaplain, Mrs Ranger, said it was a special occasion where poems were read by students and wreaths laid in commemoration of Armistice Day. “Here at Magnus, we held a service remembering those who have fought and continue to fight for the safety of this world. We spent time reflecting on former Magnus students who felt compelled to fight in the war despite their young age.
By examining these stories, we looked at how we could learn from the characteristics they displayed like determination, courage, passion and the comradery. We give thanks for their sacrifice and for those who continue to fight for justice in our world to this day.”
Mrs Martin said, “We are grateful to members of the community and to Wing Commander Stuart McNeill who joined us to mark Remembrance Day at Magnus.
“Magnus is a school which has served Newark for over 500 years, and during its presence in the town has seen many of its own staff and students fight in wars, many who sadly lost their life in those conflicts. As a school we keep their memories alive and this is why our Remembrance Service is so important to the whole academy.”
Wreaths were laid at the Magnus Memorial plaques by Mrs Martin, Former student and keeper of our archives, Mr Roger Peacock and Barnby Road Academy pupil Imogen Tustin age 10 who attended with fellow pupil George Robinson age 10 and their Head Teacher, Mr Chamberlain.
Imogen said, “I got a little nervous before I had to lay the wreath but had a rehearsal before. But I know why we are doing it and why we wear poppies. It is because we are remembering those who have fallen in the wars.”