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Mayor Joins Students to Remember the Fallen

The Mayor of South Tyneside was guest of honour at a special assembly as a Borough school commemorated a centenary of remembrance.

Communities across the country came together at the weekend to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War and remember the sacrifice of the millions of men and women who died or returned home wounded and changed forever.

Jarrow School commemorated the event with a poignant Remembrance Assembly, tour of the school and a commemorative lunch with guests including members of the Royal British Legion, Airs Cadets, school trustees, governors, parents and carers, ex-service personnel and serving officers of the Armed Forces.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Ken Stephenson and the Mayoress Cathy Stephenson were also in attendance.

The Mayor said: "The Mayoress and I were delighted to visit the school to join the students and the armed forces community as they marked this significant event in world history.

"The First World War touched the lives of so many families. It is particularly important that we educate our younger people about the legacy of this terrible conflict so that we never forget the sacrifices that were made for the freedoms we all enjoy today and continue commemorate those that died and those that lived through it. It was this remarkable First World War generation which helped to shape the world as we know it."

During the assembly, the school band performed war time songs, 'It's a Long Way to Tipperary' and 'Pack up your Troubles' while sisters, Sheridan and Savannah Boak, moved the audience with their renditions of Freya Riding's 'Lost Without You', 'There You'll Be' by Faith Hill and the Carrie Underwood track, 'See You Again'.The assembly also included the 'Last Post' and minute's silence.

Thanks to funding from the British Forces Covenant Fund, the school also took part in the national There But Not There art installation, with silhouettes of soldiers placed in classrooms while students learned about the music from War Horse, conflict poetry as well as during their studies in science, graphics and maths.

The silhouettes represent those servicemen and women who lost their lives in the conflict and never returned to their local communities. Technology students even produced their own black silhouettes which also featured in the school assembly.

There But Not There aims to commemorate the fallen and highlight the sacrifices of those soldiers as well as to help educate the younger generation about the legacy of the First World War and raise funds to help heal those suffering from the hidden wounds of war.

Local businesses, including florists, Morrisons and Siemens, also lent their support through donations towards the special There But Not There remembrance lunch, which was prepared by the school's GCSE Food students.

Jill Gillies, Head Teacher of Jarrow School, said: "We hold a remembrance assembly every year with the whole school as it is important that our students know about what has happened in the past and respect the service men and women for all they have done for our country.

"It is a particularly poignant year this year with the focus on the centenary of the First World War, which is why we were delighted to invite our special guests and have the silhouettes form part of our commemorations."


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