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Remembrance Day 2019

Falinge Park High School pupils turned out to pay their respects on Monday 11th November 2019, honouring those who died serving their country.

Students at Falinge Park took part in range of Remembrance Day themed activities throughout the week leading up to Armistice Day. Every form, whilst learning about why we remember, made their own wreath to commemorate the members of the armed forces who have given their lives for our freedom and democracy. The week focused on the loses and sacrifices made across the whole of the commonwealth as well as on the home front.

The whole Falinge Community held a two minute silence in the Heartspace at 11:00 on the 11th of November to mark the moment the guns fell silent. To mark the end of the silence Mr Ward played The Last Post and a representative from each form came up and laid a wreath in memorium for those who lost their lives during all conflicts. The event finished with Miss Allen reading out a number of poems written by students in C2. A wreath was also laid, on behalf of Falinge Park, by Mr Iannelli, a former chef in the armed forces.

All members of the FPHS community demonstrated how caring, respectful and grateful they are for the sacrifice of those who have fought and died in war and have honoured the sacrifice made for them and their future.

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Remembrance at Rochdale Town Hall

A small group of students, and Mr Chorlton, also represented Falinge Park at the Rochdale Service of Remembrance at Rochdale’s Cenotaph. For the group of students there was an air of excitement and apprehension. Most of the students have never taken part in an event like this which brought them together with the wider Rochdale community outside of the school setting. Comments were made about the sense of pride they felt being trusted to take part in the event, a strong desire to do everyone proud, and gratitude their hard work was being recognised and rewarded. Unfortunately the students did also mention their disappointment at not being able to take part in the whole school event which some of them had been so proactive in helping to prepare (tutor poppy wreaths etc).

It was a great challenge and very nerve racking being responsible for overview of remembrance and the trip outside the school. However, it was fantastic to come back and hear the comments from staff and students about how much they had enjoyed the assemblies, tutor time activities and remembrance event(s) that pulled the school together for a common purpose. We think it certainly showed evidence of some students engaging with the ongoing Robert F. Kennedy work and were able to recognise the links between Remembrance and the RFK human rights.

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