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Canford marks Remembrance 2021


The school community joined together to remember the fallen in a number of whole school services, curriculum study and displays.

Pupils and staff gathered round the War Memorial on Thursday 11th November to remember all those who lost their lives in combat.  School chaplain Reverend Phil Jack led prayers and Fifth Former, Julian Newell played the Last Post and Reveille. Canford’s Orchestra and Cantabile (Junior Girls’) Choir had recorded a poignant performance of John Williams’ ‘Hymn to the Fallen’ which premiered on the Canford Music YouTube channel from 1100. If you missed this, the recording is available here: 

A whole school service was held in the recently refurbished Assembly Hall on Remembrance Sunday, 14th November, with parents attending in person, remotely in the Layard Theatre and online. Mr Rob Hoey, current Maths teacher and former Major with the Royal Marines, preached powerfully on the theme of sacrifice and love, and the chapel choir gave a beautiful rendition of ‘Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks’. Mr Culley, in his last year at Canford, and CCF junior NCO Imy Woodcock gave the readings. After the service, the whole school community gathered on the Sunken Lawn for the Act of Remembrance. Wreaths were laid by the Heads of School, Arian Akrami and Mimi Edsall, as well as OC president Mrs Sheila Way with Fifth Former Julian repeating his wonderful trumpet performance. The wreath laying ceremony was watched over by the Colour Party of Canford School CCF with Sgt Jackson Kennett and Sgt Rory Jackson having the honour of carrying the Colours and lowering the Colours during the Last Post to respect those Canfordians that lost their lives during the Second World War. It was a moving and poignant occasion.

During the week of Remembrance, the History department co-ordinated a project with Shell pupils who cut out poppies in their tutor time and added their own personal wording about individuals and battles of commemoration.  These contributed to a wonderful display in the Rathbone Room of the new Library of fiction and non-fiction books commemorating the events of the First World War, Second World War and other conflicts. 

Remembrance Poppy