Our annual Armistice Day ceremony has always been very important at MBA, but this year, on the centenary of the end of the First World War, it was particularly poignant.
With 11th November falling on a Sunday this year we chose to remember the sacrifice and service of those who have served their country on Friday 9th November. Every student and staff member, joined by veteran Mack Holding, halted their normal daily activity to remember those who lost their lives and gave their service. Year 11 History students who visited the WW1 battlefields and war graves at Ypres in September shared their experiences. Their accounts were very individual, emotional and touching. This was followed by a reading of the poem ‘For the Fallen’ by Lawrence Binyon. Year 9 student Ryan Townson bravely stepped up and flawlessly played the last post, no mean feat on such an emotionally charged occasion, after which the Academy fell completely silent for two minutes. The silence ended when Ryan played reveille, after which the students and staff filed back to continue their normal day in respectful silence.