On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Brentwood School joined the millions across the world who today remembered the men and women who gave their lives in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts.
A morning of special Armistice Day Remembrance Services started at 8.45am at the Preparatory School when the School Chaplain, the Revd Dr Adrian McConnaughie, led a special assembly. Later in the morning, Brentwood School’s youngest pupils lined up in the playground in time for the firing of the cannon at 11am.
The main Service of Remembrance, for Fifth and Sixth Formers, was held in Brentwood Cathedral and was again led by the Chaplain. The Revd Dr Adrian McConnaughie, was joined by Headmaster Ian Davies, for the moving tribute which witnessed the traditional Laying of the Wreath by the student Head of School, James Warman.
The service began with the choir singing ‘God Grant We Grace’ by Thomas Tallis. A Bible reading was given by Deputy Head of School, Rachael McDermott, and the playing of the ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ by Charles Getting before the packed Cathedral fell completely quiet for the two-minute silence.
Across the campus, staff and pupils were united in marking the memorial. The School’s Third and Fourth Year pupils took part in a Remembrance Service in the Wessex Auditorium where the reader was Third Year pupil Lucas Ring. The service was led by Mr Steve Kersys and Caolan McConnaughie played the trumpet.
The Second Year service was in the Memorial Hall and was led by Mr Ian Kemble, Director of Schools Work at the Brentwood Schools’ Christian Worker Trust. The readers were Scott McKenzie and Nicole Fergus and the ‘Last Post’ was played by Greg Harding.
The School’s Victorian Chapel was the venue for the First Year service which was led by Deputy Head of First Year, Miss Rachel Bishop. Isabella Copeland and Elana Aseerwatham gave the reading and Oliver Barr and Olivia Dowman laid a wreath at the altar. The Last Post was played by organist Jonty McConnaughie.
This Sunday, the Brentwood School’s Combined Cadet Force cadets will take part in the town’s Remembrance Day Parade. Cadets will also be raising funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal by bag packing in Sainsbury’s.