Mounts Bay Academy’s Armistice Day Ceremony on 11th November was featured on BBC Radio Cornwall this morning and will feature on BBC Spotlight this evening. The BBC Spotlight crew filmed the ceremony as well as interviews with staff and students which they will then put together into a package to be broadcast on the regional news programme tonight.
The annual ceremony has always been very important at Mounts Bay Academy and every student and staff member, joined this year by war veterans Jack Tarr and Mack Holding and Steve Francis, Secretary of the Ludgvan Royal British Legion, halt their normal daily activity to remember those who lost their lives and gave their service to defend our way of life.
The ceremony allowed Year 11 History students, who visited the WW1 battlefields and war graves at Ypres earlier in the semester, to share their experiences before the two minute silence. These were very individual, emotional and poignant. Ananda Lee said, “For me, personally, it was quite hard-hitting because I have relatives who were buried there and I was the first person from my family to go and visit. It was quite emotional for me.” Darcy Blewett said, “When I went to see all the war graves at the Somme, the Menin Gate and Thiepval I realised the vast amount of people that actually made sacrifices. For me it made such a big impact on my History because now I can relate it to what actually happened instead of just reading it out of text books.”
Year 10 student, Horace Halling, bravely stepped up this year to play the Last Post and the reveille live. Horace played with great poise and maturity, well done!