Students and staff from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College came together on Friday 9th November for the school’s annual remembrance assembly, to mark 100 years since the First World War ended in 1918.

During two special assemblies, students watched, listened and reflected as their peers performed moving pieces of drama, music and dance in honour of those who have given their lives for freedom. During the assembly, the students watched as Terry Aspland, standard bearer from a local branch of the Royal British Legion, lowered the standard as the last post was played, before hearing the school’s headteacher read the exhortation, taken from Laurence Binyon's poem “For the Fallen”.

In addition, as part of the school’s remembrance activities the students also spent time learning about different types of ‘Tommies’ who served in the First World War, including; child soldiers, colonial troops, those conscripted and those who volunteered to serve in pals battalions.

The students also engaged with the names of 1015 soldiers, whose details were downloaded from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s website and who are recorded as having died 100 years ago, to the day, on 9th November, 1918. The names of these people are displayed in the school reception area and are over looked by four silhouettes from the ‘There But Not There’ project. To take part in the project the school received an award from Armistice and Armed Forces Communities programme, which makes awards to bring communities together to remember; and to think about the Armed Forces today

Dan Phelan, Achievement Leader, said “As a school we have just over 1000 students and on the day of our remembrance assemblies, one hundred years ago, just over 1000 people died. As a school we have remembered these people along with the millions of other who have lost their live in conflict.”

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said “We are proud to continue the tradition of holding a remembrance assembly which gives our students the opportunity to reflect and remember the price which has been paid for our freedom. Seeing the wonderful work our students have produced makes me feel very proud.”