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WW1 Centenary Commemorations

On November 11th 2018, we will be marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. The Great War - or 'the war to end all wars' as it was optimistically called at the time - is a period of history which is taught in both Year 9 and at GCSE.

The short-term and long-term reasons for WW1 breaking out in 1914 are diverse and complex; the nature of warfare was unlike that ever seen previously, or indeed ever again; the loss of life and impact on both soldiers and civilians was catastrophic and the consequences of this conflict are inestimably far-reaching - and every bit as relevant today as 100 years ago.

As part of the commemorations, a special display has been installed in the foyer which contains a wide range of thought-provoking information and artwork, as well as details from staff and students at Bishop Stopford who have personal connections to the 'WW1 generation'. Particular thanks to Mr Buckley, Orla Drury, Elizabeth Rowland-Rawson, Alex Robinson, Jasmine Patel, Millie Eve, Rebecca Churchill-Coleman, Rebecca Hart and all the other students who helped with this fantastic display.

We have also acquired six There But Not There soldier silhouettes to support the national fundraising campaign initiated by Remembered organisation, each of which has been named as a local soldier from the Kettering area.

Students are being encouraged to reflect upon the histories shown, and share their responses and prayers on luggage tags provided. These will be hung on our 'Tree of Remembrance' alongside the faces of 100 service men and women from each of the 32 nations involved in the war. Assemblies of commemoration will be held for all students next week and we are delighted to welcome pupils and staff from Brigstock and Titchmarsh Primary Schools to lead a further reflection for Year 7 students on Wednesday morning.

Let us all take a moment in the week leading up to the 100th Remembrance Sunday to stop and think about those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Great War, as well as all subsequent conflicts.

Mrs Hainsworth