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Falinge Park High School

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Remembrance Day 2018

To mark the centenary of the end of World War One Falinge Park pupils took part in a number of events and learning opportunities in school.  By taking part in these activities we hope that pupils have a clearer understanding of the significance of the centenary and the impact that war has had on the people of Rochdale.

All pupils were able to take part in tutor time activities, including research on soldiers local to Rochdale, or from their own families. Many pupils also painted poppies on rocks and included the names of the local soldiers that we believe should be remembered as part of our ongoing FPHS Remembrance rocks project.

On Friday 9th November we held a coffee morning and invited the local community to join us. We were very honoured that many parents, grandparents and members of the community joined us for this event, including active members of the armed forces and representatives from Rochdale Veterans. The pupils in attendance were enthralled by the veteran’s stories and felt very privileged to chat and see the medals brought in. This coffee morning was also supported by the Covenant fund, we were awarded some ‘There but not there’ silhouettes- these Perspex soldiers were in place throughout the morning to remember and symbolise the soldiers no longer able to tell their stories.

Our honoured guests also joined us in our collective act of remembrance. All pupils, staff and visitors took part in our own two minutes silence- the moving event was proceeded by the last post and ended with the laying of wreaths created by the pupils. This whole school gathering was a fitting end to Falinge Park High School’s commemorations.

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