Given the restrictions due to the pandemic, yesterday on Armistice Day, Beacon Academy held an online community event. You can watch a recording here:
The event followed a virtual school assembly led by Teacher of History, Alex Braidwood, and opened with an introduction from a Year 10 student, Sam, who is also a member of Crowborough Air Cadets.
Headteacher, Anna Robinson, and Head of History, Cate Kennedy each gave a short presentation focusing on the importance of remembering and reflecting on the courage and sacrifice of those who served their countries.
Mrs Kennedy conveyed moving and inspirational stories of two family members:
You may not know anyone personally who has been a part of war, but remembering, researching and listening to stories will hopefully widen your world a little bit.
Take this week to ask questions of relatives of their own experiences. Make remembrance an active part of your life.
Anna Robinson welcomed parents and members of the local and wider community to the event, giving a special mention to the children and staff of Sir Henry Fermor CE Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and St John’s CE Primary School, members of Crowborough’s Royal British Legion, Air Cadets 1414 (Crowborough), 1st Crowborough Scout Group, All Saints Church and Crowborough Town Council.
Speaking about Remembrance and the two-minute silence, Ms Robinson encouraged students to “think of it as an act of kindness”:
Giving our time, especially in the 21st century, is just as important as it has ever been. As future generations, we have a responsibility to work relentlessly for the peace that they fought so hard to achieve.
Members of the Student Leadership Team, Year 11 students, Charlie, Bethany and Ethan, performed a poignant reading of In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae, before a playing of The Last Post and the two-minute silence, which was accompanied by a display of images of war and remembrance-inspired artworks created by students.
Head of Personal Development at Beacon Academy, Lorna Miller, concluded the event with a recitation of the Kohima Epitaph and information about how it is possible to support the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal this year, despite the restrictions due to the current pandemic:
We are so pleased that, whilst not physically together, we could gather virtually. Remembering those who we have sadly lost during the pandemic also plays a part this year, as we give thanks to the armed forces and NHS for protecting our national life. It feels even more important in 2020, and on Remembrance Day, to pay tribute to all those who risked their lives, and continue to do so, in the service of our country.
With thousands of poppy collectors unable to sell poppies locally, donations are likely to be considerably lower this year. If you are able to make a donation, visit the Royal British Legion’s website.