Assemblies Commemorate Remembrance Centenary

Students from Newton Abbot College have been commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War in a series of moving and emotive assemblies.

The assemblies, delivered to the entire student cohort from Years 7-11, focused on a range of aspects of The Great War, from the involvement and sacrifice of animals during times of conflict to recitation of the famous war-time poem, ‘In Flanders Field’.

Year 10 students put on a powerful piece of drama
Year 10 students put on a powerful piece of drama

The College’s History Ambassadors presented the lives of the Vickary family, who lived in Dyrons House (now the College’s Sixth Form building) and their diverse and important contribution to the war effort. A group of Year 10 drama students performed a powerful piece surrounding the declaration of World War I, the misguided expectations of a short conflict and soldiers going ‘over the top’ in battlefields across Europe.
History Ambassadors explaining local families' involvement in the war effort
History Ambassadors explaining local families' involvement in the war effort
Remembrance activities will continue in the run up to Sunday; students across the College will be making poppies to form the College’s annual artistic piece that will be laid at the War Memorial during Sunday’s service. Six students have been chosen by the Royal British Legion to read out the names of the local fallen during proceedings.

College Head of House and former serviceman, Colin Gill, said of the commemoration: “It is vitally important to remember service personnel who give their lives to help make ours better. This year’s assemblies were even more poignant, given the centenary; there were so many people and animals who sacrificed their todays for our tomorrows. We are extremely proud of our College’s observation of such an important day in our country’s history and to be involved in the service at the War Memorial on Sunday will be particularly special.”

Remembrance Centenary Newton Abbot College Ofsted Good Secondary School 4
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