On Friday 11th November the school conducted the 4th Tabor Academy Festival of Remembrance to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. We were honoured and privileged to receive attendance from very important visitors from the school’s Governing Board, local community, armed and domestic services. The format of the service was altered this year to incorporate heroes of the past, present, and future. The past was represented by four World War 2 veterans, all in their 90th years; Mr James Nelson (Royal Navy and Normandy veteran), Mr Arthur Tyler (Royal Navy veteran),
Mr Ken Kippin (Army veteran) and Mr Tony Gill (R.A.F Veteran). For heroes of the present we were delighted to have two former students return; Lance Corporal Mason Godfrey (Royal Anglian Regiment), Lance Corporal Ben Waller (Royal Logistics Corp) and Lance Corporal Chris Baker (who was injured in Iraq whilst serving in The Royal Engineers). For the future heroes we were joined by representatives from the local cadet forces.
The assembly was fully supported by The Royal British Legion with attendance from Essex Senior Officers and from the Braintree and Bocking Branch, to whom we are affiliated. Students read three touching World War 1 poems, with singing performances and a drama performance, and finally the National Anthem being sung by Megan Chappell. We do follow the full protocol of the act of remembrance from The Royal Albert Hall Festival of Remembrance, with wreaths being laid in respect of the fallen and the poppy speech being given by Lily from St. Michaels school representing the primary school children of Braintree. The event concluding with the last post being played and a poppy drop with two minutes silence. All of our guests commented on how touched they were with the assembly, particularly the serving military and veterans, who said that they felt extremely proud to attend and had never experienced anything like it in a school. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, Tabor Academy will Remember them.
David Wiles, Estates Manager/School
Royal British Legion Youth Officer