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Remembrance Assembly

On Friday 9th of November, Testbourne Community School hosted an assembly in order to commemorate 100 years since "the guns fell silent" at the end of World War One.

The assembly was organised by James Lovegrove, Assistant Headteacher and started with a procession from the Overton Army Cadets and Finlay Housham, a Winchester Sea Cadet. Mr Lovegrove gave an informed presentation, detailing facts about WW1 which included why women went to work, the pioneers, the armed forces and children's experiences.  During the assembly, there were two musical performances, Sophie Cook singing "Make you feel my love" and Joseph Baron playing "The Last Post" on the trumpet. There were also readings of the poems "For the Fallen" and "In Flander's Fields". In addition, some members of the school, including James Lovegrove and Leon Chappell, shared their ancestor's contribution to the war efforts and each tutor group presented a handmade wreath in memory of those who passed.

Jon Beck, Headteacher at Testbourne, said: "The remembrance assembly is a hugely important ceremony for the school.  Many of our staff and students have ancestors who fought in the wars and gave their lives for the freedoms we all enjoy today.  Our students demonstrated outstanding behaviour and huge amounts of respect in the assembly itself with several students demonstrating excellent leadership in their organisation and running of the event.  The incredible stories, readings, music and singing brought a tear to my eye as I contemplated the sacrifices made by so many people.  We must always remember them."