To mark Remembrance and the 75th anniversary of key campaigns in 1944, the History department organised a series of events to commemorate the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces today and in the past. Our school community has numerous personal connections to the Armed Forces and this year we aimed to involve as many staff and students as possible in the act of Remembrance. Throughout the week Year 11 and Sixth Form students sold Poppies, pin badges and other Remembrance items at break and lunchtimes to raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

On Friday 8th November, members of the Tyldesley branch of the Royal British Legion were invited into school. Those students in school who are members of Army, Sea or Air Cadets attended school in their military uniform as a mark of respect to those who have made sacrifices for our country. Following this, Year 8 students and the Cadets spent time with members of the Royal British Legion interviewing them about their experiences of conflict, the work of the Royal British Legion and what Remembrance means to them.

Wigan Councillors, students, staff and members of the local community were invited to take part in special Remembrance service. They planted crosses at the Remembrance Memorial and at the end of the service our student Cadets laid a wreath in Remembrance to those from our local area who have fought in wars current and past. As well as this, a representative from each form in Year 7 to 13 and members of the local community planted a cross in Remembrance at the school Remembrance Memorial. Year 6 students from St. Ambrose Barlow also attended our service this year and shared in our commemorations. Each year the numbers of students attending our service increases and great support is shown within our school community for Remembrance.

At lunchtime there was a bake sale organised by our House leaders, which raised over £200 for the Poppy Appeal. The final total raised for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal will be revealed soon.

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