Glyn School Remembers

Today marked a day of reflection in school as we held our annual Service of Remembrance to pay tribute to the 32 Glyn Old Boys who fell in World War II, and to Major Paul Harding who died 10 years ago in the Iraq War. 

The service, which was attended by staff, Year 8 students, and some students from Year 12, was led by Mr Duffield, and supported by  Mr Ward, Associate Headteacher, James Besley-Tyrrell, Head Boy, and Rebecca Norman, Head Girl. Also in attendance for the service was   Paul Skipp, representing the Old Glynians, and Bernard and Audrey  Richards, brother and sister in law of Eric Richards, one of the Glyn Old Boys who fell in World War II.

Students maintained a dignified silence in The Proctor Hall as the Glyn Brass Band played ‘Amazing Grace’, arranged by Paul Hart, to begin and conclude the service. The names of each of the Glyn Old Boys who died in service were read out and wreaths were laid at the school’s War Memorial in the Quad as James Adcock 13A played The Last Post and Reveille, with exceptional composure. Combined Cadet Force (CCF) students provided a guard of honour, led by Sgt James Woods and      Sgt Alex Mason.

Students should be immensely proud of their conduct today during the Remembrance Service. They displayed dignity and respect, which is testament to their understanding of the great sacrifice that our former students gave for their country.

In addition to today’s ceremonies, our Head of History, Mr Summers, oversaw a huge range of activities during the week, including everything from looking into the global cost of war to researching disease in the trenches and the  development of medicines to treat those diseases. Mr Summers delivered superb assemblies all week, to every student in the school, about Old Boy, Eric John Richards, whose younger brother was in attendance today. Students were captivated by the images and          life-story of Eric, Glyn Old Boy and WWII airman, who once sat in the same school hall where they were now sitting, with the same badge on their blazer.

It has been wonderful to see the students so engaged with the centenary events all week and a huge thanks must go to Mr Summers for leading the events and inspiring both staff and students.

Mr Lightfoot, Assistant Headteacher