Our students turned out in force to support a number of Remembrance Day events this week.
The whole school took part in a special ceremony on Armistice Day at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, commemorating the time in 1918 that the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare.
As part of this service, the college paid tribute to former pupils who have been killed in action. Their names are recorded on a plaque within the school building, where a wreath was laid in their honour.
Staff and students also observed a two-minute silence to mark the poignant occasion, with the Last Post being played by 16-year-old Sixth Form pupil Daniel Frampton.
Our pupils were also involved in Sefton’s civic remembrance events again this year.
Members of the Combined Cadet Force took part in the official ceremony at the Five Lamps memorial in Waterloo, while young musicians from the school also performed at the similar event staged at the war memorial in Alexandra Park in Crosby.
Principal Mike Kennedy commented: “St. Mary’s has a strong affinity with the military because of the thriving cadet contingent which is based here at the school.
“For this reason, Remembrance Day is a very special event for us, giving the whole school community the opportunity to honour the courage and sacrifice of the British men and women killed during two World Wars, and many other conflicts.
“As ever, the ceremony was a sombre and moving occasion which really brought home the significance of the day to our students,” added Mr Kennedy.