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Lest we forget

Remembrance has certainly proved poignant this year at Oswestry School. Remembrance Sunday saw fifty five immaculately turned out cadets plus staff parading both in school and through the town centre. The parade, which was organised by the Royal British Legion, gathered on the Bailey Head, where RSM Morris received his standard. The school contingent joined dignitaries, other members of the armed forces and groups such as local Brownies. The parade was led by the Porthywaen Silver Band to the Memorial Gates which have been restored by the Town Council to mark 100 years since the outbreak of WW1. All our boarders joined with the rest of the community here for a rededication led by Reverend Simon Thorburn of St Oswald's Church. Members of the school CCF contingent and many staff gathered in a packed St Oswald's for the subsequent service. The parade resumed after the service and reconvened on the Bailey Head. Our CCF contingent however continued to display their fabulous skills by marching back to school where they enjoyed a very well deserved curry lunch together with their parents. The cadets were outstanding in their performance; so many members of the community commented on their excellence and there were many proud parents and staff.  Particular thanks go to Mr Othen and Mr Till for their expertise and organisation throughout the preparations and on the day itself.

Armistice Day itself was marked by Senior School staff and pupils joining together for a service of remembrance: the names of those Old Oswestrians killed in the World Wars were read out, poems by Wilfred Owen were heard and the two minute silence was observed. On leaving the service all poppies were collected from pupils and staff in baskets held by a number of our prefects. Our Senior Cadets formed an Honour Guard along 'Chapel Walke' and the poppies and a commemorative wreath were placed in the chapel beneath the names of those Oswestrians who fell in the First and Second World Wars. Pupils at Bellan joined the two minute silence at the war memorial and in Forest School, Reception pupils made poppies from leaves and sticks, placing them under the beech tree for their moments of silence.

The Headmaster, Julian Noad, expressed his pride in the contingent who took part in Sunday’s parade and in the whole school community on Armistice day; “It was an incredibly moving tribute, and once again Oswestry School pupils gave an excellent account of themselves.   It made me feel truly privileged to be part of such a special school.”