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Lest we forget

11 November 2021

Westminster City School fell silent at 11am on Thursday 11 November, as our community marked Remembrance Day 2021.

Our School’s Service of Remembrance provided a sombre occasion for all students and staff to unite and remember those who fought for our freedom. Our Headteacher, Mr Broughton, opened the service, which then included readings by our Head Girl and Head Boy, plus a rendition of The Last Post by Year 10 student, Riksen. Prayers were led by our School Chaplain while members of our School's Army Cadet Force laid a wreath.

At 11am, heads bowed and silence fell as all members of our School community observed the two-minute silence which, since 1919, has been held across the UK each year.

In November 2020, our School’s Service of Remembrance took place online, with students and staff remaining in their forms, due to pandemic restrictions. This year's service returned to our playground, with our School community standing in front of our Pouchot building. Opened in 2018, this building is named after Jack Pouchot, a Westminster City School alumnus who was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his bravery during the First World War and killed just a month before the 1918 armistice.

Since the end of the First World War, Remembrance Day has taken place to honour armed forces members who died in the line of duty. In most countries around the globe, Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the conclusion of the First World War hostilities.

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