Matthew Burns

Remembrance Day 2020

The time of remembrance is always such a special and thought-provoking time in the Sedbergh year. Although our services this year were slightly different, the time spent throughout the week honouring those Sedberghians who lost their lives in World War I and II was just as powerful as ever.

Each year, our Boarding Houses spend time learning about Sedberghians from their House who made the ultimate sacrifice. Pupils learn about the details of former pupils, including their time at Sedbergh and their role in the armed forces. This information is then shared throughout the House. Like they do every year, Sedgwick and School House held their own in-house service, paying their respects to the former pupils of their House who lost their lives in World War I and II.

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Head of School House, Syamel, reads ‘The Boys of the Great War’.

Our Remembrance Sunday service, which took place on Sunday 8 November 2020, had a slightly different feel to it this year as, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we were unable to welcome guests from outside of the School. Pupils gathered in their House year group bubbles and all attendees maintained the social distancing guidelines, as well as wearing a face covering. Images from our moving Remembrance Sunday service can be viewed here and were captured by talented Year 12 photographer, Ollie.

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Pupils lay their poppies at our Victoria Cross War Memorial

Our short, pre-recorded Remembrance Day service was played at 11am on Wednesday 11 November 2020. The service features Year 12 Music Scholar, Sam, playing The Last Post and Reveille (Rouse) and Cmdr Ripley raising and lowering the flag. As we pause for our two minutes silence, the names of the 454 Sedberghains who lost their lives in both World War I and II are displayed.

Sedbergh School | Remembrance Day 2020

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