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Ruby Crook-English, Hugh Love, Ben Rhodes, Megan Cooch, Christian Foott, Maisie Jackaman and Mike Foley
On Friday 11th November. The Thomas Hardye School commemorated Armistice Day with its annual event, supported by the whole school. Blessed with the best weather for a few years, near to two and a half thousand students stood respectfully at the top of Queens Avenue.
The Army and Air Force branches of the School’s CCF marched up Queens Avenue to the front of the school, to the sound of the drums.
Headteacher Mr Foley began the readings with a description of the significance of the occasion. We then had a reading by Sixth Former Maisie Jackaman. Students Ben Rhodes, Megan Cooch and Christian Foott then read the names of former students who gave their lives in the Great War, 1914 – 1918 and former students who gave their lives in the World War, 1939 – 1945. This is always a moving moment as so many familiar Dorchester family names are read out.
Following this, the tradition Kohima Epitaph was read by CCF Cadet Hugh Love and the Exhortation by Sixth Form President Ruby Crook-English
The Last Post was then played by Tom Bidwell of Year 11. Mr Foley then called for two minutes silence which, as always, was observed impeccably by everyone present. Tom then played the reveille.
Wreaths were laid at the school gates by students Charles Hutchings, Will Bendall, Abby Wells and Jenny-Lee Baker (representing the 4 school Houses) and members of the Governing body and invited guests.
It is always a huge credit to our school and its staff and students that such respect for this occasion is always shown so magnificently.