ARK William Parker Academy held two assemblies with a focus on Remembrance Day this week. In the assemblies, Year 9 students reflected upon their visit to Ypres in October as part of their History studies. Students from Year 7 performed the popular WW1 song ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’.
Mr Gareth Bendon, school governor, explained some of the history of three brothers - The McCormick brothers - from one family, who had attended William Parker as boys and subsequently lost their lives in WW1.
On Tuesday, 11 November, the academy held a Remembrance service with guests from the William Parker Trust, veterans, former staff and governors of the school in attendance. The Service comprised of a short explanation of the McCormick brothers’ history and a reading from “Binyon” by Mr Phillips the Principal. Reverend Peter Michel led the services at the two sites of commemoration which the academy has for its boys who were lost in the two world wars. Representatives from the cadets were also present; these boys thought it was, and is, increasingly important to have such events. “I feel we need to remember past students who lost their lives for peace.”
Students also laid poppy crosses in the academy Peace Garden.