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Pupils new and old honour fallen soldiers in Remembrance Day services

Dignitaries and almost 100 Old Stopfordians visited Stockport Grammar School for a Remembrance Day service as pupils from the Senior and Junior School commemorated the brave men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The group of Old Stopfordians were joined by current Fifth and Sixth Form pupils; Hazel Grove MP, William Wragg; Cheadle MP, Mary Robinson and Stockport Deputy Mayor, Cllr Wendy Meikle on Friday, November 9 for the service. Special assemblies were also held for younger pupils in the Senior and Junior School.

Our Senior school Headmaster, Dr Paul Owen, led the service whilst School Chaplain Rev. L E Leaver led the service prayers.

To mark the Centenary of the ending of the First World War, the school remembered the 160 Old Stopfordians who volunteered to fight in the First World War before conscription was introduced and the many more who have joined the forces since.

MP Mary Robinson as well as the school’s Head Boy, Murray Jallands and Head Girl, Megan King laid a wreath. Whilst Upper Sixth Form pupil Niamh Johnson played the Last Post before a two minute silence was observed.

Following the service in the school’s main hall, the group of Old Sopfordians made their way to the Hallam Hall for a Remembrance lunch.

Prior to lunch being served, our visitors received a talk from current pupils that recently returned from a trip to the First World War Battlefields where they laid a wreath in memory of Old Stopfordians lost in battle at the Memorial for the Missing at Thiepval.

Stuart Helm, SGS Archivist then gave an illuminating talk before a string quartet, which included pupils Zoe Shah, Talia Zelhof, Alex Pollard and Olivia Dow, performed a Mozart Divertimento.

Our Music pupils played an important part in the busy day and performed at a number of events. Four trumpeters; Niamh Johnson, Lydia Horne, Patrick Owen and Emily Edwards were involved in playing the Last Post at services in both Senior and Junior Schools. Meanwhile Lydia Horne (U6) also went to Stepping Hill Hospital to play in their service.

In the Junior School our pupils spent the week making their own poppies which culminated in a magnificent display in the entrance hall.

Pre-Reception pupils honoured Remembrance Day by making decorative poppy biscuits with icing and chocolate buttons and our Junior school’s morning assembly was dedicated to Remembrance Day, with 5W performing an animated version of a war poem.

To finish the busy day, Junior School pupils tuned into a fascinating ‘BBC Live Lesson’ broadcast hosted by Naga Munchetti to commemorate Remembrance Day.

After looking at museum artefacts from the war including letters from the trenches, soldiers’ Christmas Day tins, food rations and button polishers, they were asked to write a haiku about what Remembrance Day means to them, and why we commemorate the war.