Brentwood School remembered the men and women who gave their lives in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts during four special Armistice Day Remembrance Services yesterday.
The main service, for Fifth and Sixth Formers, was held in Brentwood Cathedral and was led by the School Chaplain, the Revd Dr Adrian McConnaughie.
Revd Dr 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 Nirvana Leaver.
The service began with the choir singing ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon including a solo from Hannah Ambrose. A Bible reading was given by student Deputy Head of School, Theo Clark, and the playing of the ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ by Greg Harding, 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 Fourth Year pupil Tara Jones. The service was led by Mr Ian Kemble, Director of Schools Work at the Brentwood Schools Christian Worker Trust. Charles Getting played the trumpet.
The Second Year service was in the Memorial Hall and was led by the Rev Andrew Grey, a local vicar. The reader was Melissa Morton and the ‘Last Post’ was played by Daniel Hirst.
The School’s Victorian Chapel was the venue for the First Year service which was led by Classics teacher the Rev Stewart Gibbs. Rubyann Ireson-Hughes gave the reading and Harrison Clayden and Cyndy Alima laid a wreath at the altar. The Last Post was played by Caolan McConnaughie.
Last Sunday, the Brentwood School’s Combined Cadet Force cadets took part in the town’s Remembrance Day Parade.