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Holcombe & Victory Remember

Holcombe & Victory Remember

Holcombe Grammar School and The Victory Academy participated in a variety of events over the last few days, to honour men and women of the armed forces who have been in harm’s way, many losing their lives, in the defence of our county and our way of life.

On Friday at HGS, students took part in Uniform Service Day and cadets from any of the armed forces and those who are part of the Scouts attended school in their uniform.  All students participated in respecting a 2 minutes silence at 11.00 a.m.

At the Victory Academy, students in year 7 and 12 participated, with teaching staff, in a special remembrance event in the Academy’s courtyard.   They took part in a presentation by two members of the armed forces who talked about remembrance and then respectfully lined up in an arc behind the flag pole which was at half-mast. All other year groups joined the 2 minutes silence, watching respectfully from their classroom windows.

On Sunday, students participated in another two local events.

Students from Holcombe (Year 7) and Victory Academy (Year 7 & 8), who are cadets in the TS Temeraire, Victory Academy Sea Cadet Unit, participated for the first time in the Remembrance Day commemorations in Chatham.   This year’s event was extra special for several reasons:

  • This was the 100th Anniversary of the 1918 Armistice
  • Remembrance Sunday coincided with Armistice Day
  • This is the first year that TS Temeraire was taking part in the service at Victoria Gardens, Fort Pitt.

The cadets marched from Richard Street, through Chatham to Victoria Gardens where they took part in the ceremony, laying a wreath on behalf of the unit and joining in the commemorative service, before marching back through the town.

In the evening, two students attended a special event at Fort Luton.  Academy Captains, Yeni and Jade, were honoured to be asked to read out the names of all the fallen soldiers from the local area, in a moving ceremony at 6.45 p.m. which involved the lighting of a commemorative beacon to honour the end of WW1.  The event was the first of its kind to be held at Fort Luton, which included readings and marching by a group of soldiers in commemorative uniforms and ended with an impromptu sing-a-long around the beacon.

I was proud to accompany students to both events and it was brilliant to see the level of respect and pride our students demonstrated.  They were a true credit to their school, their cadet unit and the Trust.

Janina Villalta