On Friday 6th November St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College held its annual Mass and Remembrance day service at our Ardor site in memory of the 120 old boys who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War 1, World War 2 and later in the conflicts in Korea and Malaysia.
Prior to the Mass students from St Benedict’s sixth form held an assembly led entirely by the students. Prayers were said, poems were read and Darren Foster the husband of Helen Foster a member of staff, spoke movingly of his own experience of armed conflict. He expressed how important Remembrance is to current and former soldiers and their families and thanked the students for their respect and kindness.
Sixth form students and representative students from each year group, staff and guests all gathered outside around our War Memorial. The weather was kind to us and what followed was a service of great reverence and respect lead by Fr. Sean Molloy (Chaplain and Old Boy). Wreaths were laid by Staff, Governors, Students, Old Boys and relatives of those who had died.
The last post was played beautifully by Alana Kearns in Year 12. This was followed by two minute silence over both our sites. The end of which was marked once again by the playing of the Reveille by Alana.
Guests and students gathered in the hall for Mass. After communion students carried small crosses, red coloured lights and red, white and blue poppies to the Altar as a roll call was read out of the dead in whose honour we were gathered. At the end of the service the display on the Altar was a truly fitting tribute to those who had made the ultimate sacrifice.
Afterwards Mr Foster commented: “the young lady who played the last post was just as good as the person who plays the last post in ceremonies for the Queen, we were honoured to be part of it and the students were a credit to the school”.