Over the last 2 weeks Horizon Students have been participating in events for Remembrance. On Thursday 5th November each year group had an extended assembly and we asked our students to “Remember Together” which was the Royal British Legions Campaign message this year. This year is the 100th anniversary of the 1st Armistice Day as well as remembering the D day Landings and commemorating the start of World War 2. As a school we wanted to remember all those past and present who fought and are fighting for tolerance and freedom across the world. This year The Royal British Legion asked communities across Britain to come together, join together and remember together the service and sacrifice, friendship and collaboration of the men and women of Britain, the Commonwealth and Allied nations who fought together 75 years ago.
The collaboration of Britain with our Commonwealth friends and Allied nations in 1944 continues to shape our society today. Many communities, whose ancestors served side by side, now live side by side in a multicultural Britain and it is important to highlight that. Our students also got to hear the announcement by the Prime Minister of the time, Neville Chamberlain that Britain was at war and this had a real impact on them. The day was punctuated by an 11.00 service in the HeartSpace of the school attended by representatives of the RBL and local people where a 2 minute silence was observed.
Finally on Monday 11th a group of our students attended the Cooper Gallery to read out the names of the fallen soldiers from Holgate School which we do as a every year. The Mayor of Barnsley attended mingling with members of the public whilst the names were read out. Remembrance is a really important event for Horizon and our students participation and respect truly underlines the schools core values and links with the local community.