The Wellesley community joined together for acts of Remembrance on Armistice day and Remembrance Sunday this weekend.
We were very lucky to have Colonel EMC Coles TD QHN QARANC with us at the Remembrance Service on Sunday. Colonel Coles, who is Mrs Hatt's sister, spoke of her experiences as a nurse and soldier in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, and of the privilege of serving her country. Her closing message to the children was: 'Remember the dead, those who made the ultimate sacrifice, but look after the living. Work hard, challenge yourselves, look after others, look out for your buddies, be loyal, have fun and you will get through the tough times and be richer for it.'
On Saturday the school community joined together by the War Memorial in the Old Hall. Members of Form 2 read poems by Wilfred Owen, Rudyard Kipling and John McCrae and the Two Minute Silence was then observed.
Earlier in the week Mr Page took Form 2 to see the War Memorial in Broadstairs. Among the names engraved was Lt L.J.Moon who also appears on the Wellesley and St Peter's Court memorials in the school as he taught at both schools. The children were moved not only by the number of names engraved on the memorial from both world wars but also by the small crosses that relatives had planted in the grass boxes. The choice of words in each case was especially poignant. The pupils have been learning about the work of the Royal British Legion in class and the work they continue to do supporting forces families and the photograph placed in front of the memorial of a young soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2010 made the children realise that it is not just those in World War 1 that we remember but also men like Alex Tweedie, an Old Welleslian killed in Iraq in 2003 aged 25.