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This Remembrance Day marks the centenary of the end of the First World War (1914-1918). With the Great War came a momentous loss that was felt deeply across the country and Trent College was no exception.
People will be familiar with the heroics of famous fighter pilot Albert Ball, but Albert was one of many former Trent pupils who laid down their lives in the line of duty during the First World War. 514 Old Tridents were involved in active service. 97 never returned. Two decades after ‘the war to end all wars’, a further 82 Old Tridents would lose their lives in World War II.
The memory of their collective sacrifice lives on in the school chapel where two memorials, bearing the names of each fallen soldier, face the congregation from the very front of the room. This year the transparent figure of a soldier has also been placed in the Chapel, a tangible reminder of the people who lost their lives at war and a symbol of our support for the ‘There But Not There’ campaign. The nationwide project aimed to place representative figures of soldiers in locations across the country and, in the process, commemorate, educate and heal; commemorate those who died in conflict, educate younger generations about their sacrifices, and heal the veterans who carry the mental and physical wounds of war.
Remembrance at Trent College and The Elms also extends beyond the Chapel. Many parents will no doubt have admired the beautiful sea of poppies on the wall in the Upper Elms' foyer, a centenary tribute by pupils in Years 3 to 6. Each child created their own poppy for the display and all the designs have been entered into the SAA and Royal British Legion's 'Paint a Poppy' art challenge. The creative task was a great way for pupils to learn more about WWI and the significance of the poppy. Today Year 5 used their imaginations to write WWI poems for BBC's Remembrance Live session, whilst yesterday afternoon Year 6 travelled to Meadow Lane to watch the Games of Remembrance. A Remembrance service for Elms pupils was also held in the Chapel this morning and on Sunday, our annual Remembrance Day service, led by Father Bernard, will be another opportunity for pupils to remember those who fought for our future.
A hundred years may have passed, but Remembrance remains at the heart of Trent and The Elms every November. The Great War will always be a significant part of school history and Remembrance will continue to be a time for reverence, contemplation and great gratitude for all members of our school community.
Trent’s annual Remembrance service will be taking place in the Chapel from 7.30pm on Sunday. All friends of the school are welcome to attend.