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World War I Centenary Project

In honour of Remembrance Day on Sunday 11th November, services will take place throughout the country to remember those who gave their lives in conflicts all over the world. This year is particularly significant, being the centenary of the end of World War I. With this in mind, our History Department and students would like to mark the occasion by creating a memorial to soldiers from the local community who gave their lives in World War I.

In order to do this, we have been working in collaboration with Horbury Rotary Club, who have kindly provided us with information on the soldiers from the local area. Students in Years 7 and 8, along with Year 9’s GCSE history students, will be researching the soldiers in one of their history lessons, using information to personalise a message for a remembrance cross, made by the Royal British Legion.

In return for the crosses, we would like to offer a small donation to the Royal British Legion, who use donations from poppies and crosses to support the Armed Forces community, including serving men and women, veterans and their families. We are suggesting a donation of £1 per cross, to be handed in to Student Support by Friday 9th November.

The crosses, complete with their messages, will be placed next to the entrance to the Academy on Northfield Lane to create a memorial. At the centre of the memorial will be a wreath featuring four of the messages, chosen by staff as the most thoughtful, in return for a prize, kindly donated by the Horbury Rotary Club.

We will also be holding a remembrance service on Friday 9th November for our Year 7 students, culminating in a two minutes’ silence and a rendition of The Last Post.