This is a particularly important year in terms of Remembrance as we mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.
At Torpoint Nursery and Infant School we have marked this significant year with two very poignant school events and additionally, children from Forces Families represented the school at the Remembrance service in Torpoint on 11th November.
In June the school organised a Thank You Tea Party in the Town Council hall which was attended by the High Sheriff of Cornwall and Mrs. Claire Young- Jamieson, Mrs. S Coryton, previous High Sheriff of Cornwall, Captain Ellie Ablett alongside a group of troops from HMS Raleigh, the Mayor and Councillors of Torpoint alongside members of the community for Torpoint and parents from the school who have served of are currently serving in her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
Year 2 children entertained the guests with their singing, refreshments were donated from across the community and an Act of Remembrance took place with the school standard and the standard from the Royal British Legion.
Then yesterday the school held its annual Remembrance Service in school which was attended by Sir Richard Carew-Pole, The Mayor and Torpoint Councillors, Mrs. S Coryton, previous High Sheriff of Cornwall, the Rural Dean, members of the British Legion and other prominent members of the community. They were joined by members of the Armed Forces with children at the school and, together with children from the Reception, Year 1 and 2 classes, a very poignant service took place. Songs and appropriate readings were led by the children, with the Act of Remembrance and a two minute silence being marked by a bugler. Children from each class laid poppy wreath which they had made, and this year a representative from the Commonwealth War Graves commission also be laid a wreath.
The Standard from the local branch of the Royal British Legion, together with our unique infant sized MKC Heroes Standard were present at the event.
The Head Teacher, Mrs Elisabeth Carney-Haworth spoke about the school’s commitment to ‘ensuring that those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, those who have been damaged in body or mind and those who serve to protect our freedoms will never be forgotten. Their sacrifice is remembered and we stand together today to remember and to say Thank you’
All who were present were moved by such young children showing such respect and many were moved to tears by the readings and the singing. Amongst the plethora of comments one serving parent said ‘ The Queen would have been proud of the children’s rendition of the National Anthem’