Students and staff from Newton Abbot College have been marking Remembrance Day with a series of assemblies, activities and the laying of a ‘poppy tree wreath’ at Newton Abbot’s War Memorial on Armistice day on 11 November.
Student Prefects presented the College’s memorial artwork for the year; two handmade College-logo ‘poppy trees’, designed by the College’s Arts Ambassadors and decorated with poppies designed by students during dedicated tutor times on Friday 10 November.
On Saturday 11 November, staff and Prefects from Year 11 delivered the trees to the war memorial and paid their respects to the nation’s fallen soldiers in a poignant service led by the Royal British Legion before observing a two minute silence.
Head of House, Colin Gill, explains the importance of such an event: “As a College community, we feel honoured to represent our Students and Staff at such an important event. It is imperative that our young people are knowledgeable about our nation’s past, its heritage and to honour the sacrifices of the past and those that are still happening today.”
Year 11 Prefect representative, Emily Carter, said of the service: “It felt very special to be part of Remembrance Day. There was a real sense of togetherness at the War Memorial. We need to give our soldiers recognition and encourage young people to appreciate what we have today. If they hadn’t given their lives and fought for our country, our lives would be incredibly different.”