Remembrance

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The whole school took part in a 2-minute silence on Monday morning at 11am to remember those lost.

In the evening, students and pupils from both The Cooper School and Glory Farm School then represented the Bicester Learning Academy at a service held at St Edburg’s church, Bicester. To commemorate all those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom, a shower of Poppies fell onto the congregation in a moving tribute.

Thank you to the Oxford Mail for allowing us to use these photographs, taken at the events. Pictures by Jon Lewis, copyright Newsquest ltd 2015.

On Wednesday 11th November, a number of students proudly represented The Cooper School at a special Remembrance service at St Laurence Church, Caversfield.

A statement read on behalf of Mr Baxter, Executive Headteacher at The Bicester Learning Academy, said, “It is indeed an honour and privilege for us to be invited here today. The Cooper School and the local British Legion have, in the last year, formalised our partnership in this annual tribute to the fallen in what  I understand is still the only joint affiliation between a school and the Legion in the country”.

On behalf of the Bicester Branch of The Royal British Legion and the staff and pupils of The Cooper School I welcome you here today to pay tribute to the fallen.

Exactly one year ago, almost to the hour, the Legion and staff & pupils of The Cooper School joined together to hold a Service of Remembrance here at St Laurence Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery.    Since then, we have formalised this annual tribute by the signing of a Declaration of Affiliation, a copy of which can be found on the wall at the rear of the church.

During the service, a speaker from the British Legion warmly welcomed the students and pupils from the Bicester Learning Academy, saying “We, the Legion, as the custodians of Remembrance are always keen to support any initiative which passes the mantle of remembrance onto the next generation.  It is why we wholeheartedly welcome the students/pupils present today who are here to lay a cross, red rose and pay their respects to those who gave their all….. many years ago.

 

 

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