Last summer the 1st Pals Battalion left Preston Lodge High School bound for the battlefields of France and Belgium. Amongst the pupils taking part in that trip were Cameron Black and Katie Lynch of class 6Grange2.
This week Cameron and Katie have led the school in marking Remembrance via House Assemblies – ensuring a lasting legacy from the school’s first trip to the Battlefields. Both pupils were exemplary in undertaking this responsibility with appropriate gravitas and dignity, yet were also able to connect the lessons of WWI with the story of soldiers in the British Army today.
It says much about them as individuals that they were committed to taking not one house assembly but all three. Many staff and pupils have commented throughout the week how impressed and moved they were by these assemblies and all credit goes to two fine citizens of our school.
Cameron and Katie also laid the school wreath at the S6 Remembrance Ceremony this afternoon. This is traditionally done by the Senior Team of Head Boy and Head Girl but since the inception of the Battlefields trip in the school it has been felt perhaps fitting for this to be done by some of our own “veterans”. The S6 Remembrance Ceremony however was ably led by our Head Boy, Head Girl and their Deputes, as always.
In addition, to our S6 Battlefields veterans involvement another young Grange person has figured greatly in proceedings this week. Eilidh Alexander, who played the Flowers of the Forest last summer at both Tyne Cot Cemetery and the Menin Gate Ceremony, was invited by Mr Clark to undertake the same honour today at the S6 Remembrance Ceremony. In addition to this, footage of Eilidh and Michael Simpson (also formerly a Grange pupil) playing the same lament at Tyne Cot was used as part of the Remembrance Assemblies presentation.
The Battlefields Experience does not begin and end over the course of one week in June and the legacy from the 1st Pals is set to carry over until the 2nd Pals set sail – and beyond.
Well done to Cameron, Katie and Eilidh for their excellent contribution this week. Congratulations also to the Senior Team for their planning and execution of the S6 Remembrance Ceremony.