SGS marks Remembrance Day 2022
On 11th November, staff and pupils from both the Senior and Junior Schools joined Old Stopfordians and guests to remember those who gave their lives in battle.
More than 80 Old Stopfordians attended a Remembrance Service in the Main Hall alongside the Sixth Form and guests Mary Robinson MP and Councillor Wendy Meikle.
Headmaster Dr Paul Owen led the service and paid tribute to Stockport Grammar School pupils and teachers who gave their lives in the First World War.
Lower Sixth student Lucy Smith read an extract from the diary of Harry Drinkwater, fellow Lower Sixth Amelie Batey recited ‘Break Of Day In The Trenches’ by Isaac Rosenberg and Upper Sixth student Fiona Telfer delivered a report on the conflict in Ukraine by the BBC correspondent Orla Guerin.
Upper Sixth musician Patrick Owen played The Last Post which marked the beginning of the two minutes’ silence.
Wreaths were laid by Head Boy and Head Girl Charlie Harrison and Ella Glazier, Mary Robinson MP and Councillor Wendy Meikle and prayers were led by Reverend Liz Leaver.
Following the service, guests and Old Stopfordians were invited to a reunion lunch where Third Year pupils Daisy Birds, William Crowton, Ella Merryweather, Giulia Burns and Thomas Stanton gave readings about their experiences on their recent Battlefields trip where pupils laid wreaths and crosses in memory of their relatives and Old Stopfordians lost in battle.
Guests also enjoyed music performances by Clara Zelhof on the violin, Brian Liu on the piano and singer Ella Moran.
Junior School Head Girl and Head Boy Eva M and William L delivered an informative presentation about Remembrance Day, why we wear poppies and the importance of the two minutes’ silence during an assembly.
As the clocks struck 11am, boys and girls from Nursery to Year Six gathered outside and fell silent to pay their respects.