The College has, once again, continued its long-held tradition of remembering those who gave their lives in conflict as part of Remembrance Day 2019.
In the run up to both the Remembrance Sunday and Civic services held at the War Memorial in Newton Abbot town, students in Years 7-11 were invited to compose poems that reflected on the sacrifice of others, with the winning entry being laid at the memorial as part of the Sunday service. A tile mosaic poppy was created and a decorated WW2 helmet was also commissioned, which were also taken to the town centre to remember The Fallen.
For the second year in a row, students had the privilege of reading the names of local individuals who gave their lives during the first and second world wars as part of the Remembrance Sunday service. The Civic Ceremony, held a few days later, saw the College’s Year 11 House Captains and Vice Captains attend to act as ambassadors for the College as an act of respect and gratitude for those who gave their lives for our freedom. After the service, prefects were also given a tour of the local Royal British Legion offices where the annual poppy appeal is launched.
“I am extremely proud that Newton Abbot College is involved in Remembrance.” Explains Head of Telford House and College Remembrance coordinator, Colin Gill, “As the only local school regularly in attendance at these services, and as an ex-serviceman myself, I am keen to make sure that young people remember the past and what soldiers had to go through in times of war, so that the young people in our local community today can exercise their right to their own individual freedom and appreciate its worth.”