100 years on, students learn about Passchendaele losses

Students and staff from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College came together on Friday 10th November for the school’s annual remembrance assembly.

During the poignant assembly the students watched as their peers performed moving pieces of drama and music in honour of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, before the school observed a two-minute silence.

The school were once again delighted to welcome Terry Aspland, Standard Bearer for the Newbold on Avon Branch of the Royal British Legion, as a special guest in the assembly.

As part of the remembrance activities the students also spent time learning about the third battle of Ypres, known as Passchendaele, which took place, between July and November 1917, exactly one hundred years ago. During the tutor-led activity the students heard recordings made by survivors, watched a documentary clip presented by historian Dan Snow, and completed a virtual 360 degree tour of Tyne Cot, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s largest cemetery, which is in Belgium.

Dan Phelan, Achievement Leader, said “Using the excellent resources on the CWGC’s website our students where able to learn a great deal about the battle and the number of lives lost. Using the website every student was able to find out about, and commemorate, a soldier who lost their life during the battle.”

Alison Davies, Headteacher commented “It is important for our students to spend a little time each year to reflect on the sacrifice made by so many people so that we can live in the world we have today. Once again, I’d like to thank our performing arts faculty for a wonderful assembly which allowed our students to reflect.”

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