B6 staff and students gathered together to mark Remembrance Day this morning. Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the day World War One ended.
Students and staff on campus were invited to pay their respects whilst observing a two-minute’s silence on-site and our Sports and Public Services staff and students visited the cenotaph at Queen’s Park.
The Sports and Public Services group attended the Remembrance Parade at Queen’s Park joined by many local primary schools and members of the public. They formed the guard of honour before first-year Triple Vocational Public Services students: Maddison Rance, a former Ladybridge High School student, and Reuben Cunningham, a former St Joseph’s R. C. High School student, placed a poppy wreath on the cenotaph.
Kiera Battty, a former Co-op Academy Swinton student, then read the poem, ‘For the Fallen’.
For the Fallen
With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.
Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
Everyone at B6 is extremely proud of the students for leading the parade and representing The Sixth Form so respectfully.