CHS Remembers… 1941

CHS turned from green to red, as more than 1200 pupils, Staff, Old Waconians and members of the School community gathered together to commemorate the fallen during the School’s annual Service of Remembrance.

Assembling before the Main Building in tribute to those within and beyond the CHS community who died in war, as well as those whose lives have been irreversibly changed by conflict, the School community heard poignant readings from Upper School pupils, Maya and Will; Lower School pupils, Rhea and Ben; plus CHS Junior School Head, Mr Vincent Weightman; Deputy Head (Pupil Welfare), Mrs Susan James; Head Boy, Anthony and Head Girl, Edie; Deputy Head (Co-Curricular & Community), Mrs Caroline Dunn; CHS Head, Mr Neil Smith; and Old Waconian Rod Goddard, Class of 1974.

Dressing for the occasion some swapped their usual CHS attire for the uniforms of Scouts and Girlguiding groups as well as military services.

With the School’s House flags flying, CHS musicians marked the beginning of a 2-minute silence with the Last Post and wreaths were positioned before the green door.

The names of Old Waconians who died in 1941 were read aloud by pupils and a field of remembrance featuring wooden poppy sticks marked with the names of those who pupils wanted to remember now line the road of the Main Entrance.

A smaller ceremony held at the War Memorial Sundial followed the Service, led by Reverend Hobbs before the wreaths were laid by both Head Council leads; the Head; and guests, Mary Robinson MP and Dr Eamonn O’Neal.

 View photos from the ceremony by visiting CHS’s Remembrance blog.