Terra Nova’s Armistice Service took place this morning. In a marked contrast to the usual assembling of all pupils and staff outside the school, the Service was conducted virtually with pupils in their classrooms and the Year 8 readers and choristers along with the teachers conducting the service in the Performing Arts Centre. The Service was live streamed to enable many parents and families to watch from home, wherever in the world ‘home’ may be. The Service, during which our Year 8 pupils gave readings and sang with a professionalism, dignity and maturity far beyond their years, perfectly reinforced the merit of overcoming challenges to come together, in spirit, to mark this tremendously important occasion.
Mr Stewart, Headmaster at Terra Nova School, Mrs Westall, Deputy Head and Ms Staziker, Head of Humanities supported the Year 8 pupils in leading this service. Mr Stewart reminded pupils of how we must never forget those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in dying to preserve our country’s freedom in the two world wars.
Mrs Westall read out the names of those pupils of Terra Nova School who lost their lives both in the Great War and in World War II.
Ms Staziker, Teacher of History & RS gave a beautifully emotive talk referencing the tomb of the unknown warrior who lies in Westminster Abbey, buried 100 years ago today, explaining how the idea of an unknown British soldier lying alongside Kings & Queens in Westminster Abbey had originated from the Reverend David Railton, an army chaplain in WW1. Ms Staziker explained how this one tomb represents the many hundreds and thousands who lost their lives. Her talk was inspirational for the whole school community and in closing, Ms Staziker, once again reminded us all, that it is all of our duty to remember the fallen who gave of their lives.