Remembrance Events

Posted on 11 Nov 2018

The whole school took part in a special ceremony to mark Armistice Day when in 1918, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. 

The service was given added poignancy this year with 2018 marking 100 years since the end of the First World War. 

We also welcomed a VIP guest to the ceremony in the form of 91-year-old Jimmy Highton who headed up our Combined Cadet Force during his time as a teacher at the school.

As part of the 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. 

The traditional two-minute silence was also observed during the event, and the Last Post was played by Sixth Former Ben Apps.

At the end of the service a contingent from the Combined Cadet Force visited the cemetery at nearby SS Peter & Paul Church to place crosses on the graves of former pupils who died while serving in the military.

Meanwhile, students from 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 performed at a Remembrance 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 

“That’s why we were delighted to welcome Jimmy Highton to the service as he made such an important contribution to the cadets during his time as a teacher at the college.

“As ever the ceremony was a sombre and moving occasion, which gave 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,” added Mr Kennedy.