On the evening of Friday 9th November, staff, learners and parents of the campus came together with the local community and the Armed Forces to remember those who fell in World War I; and particularly to pay tribute to the 64 members of Saltburn who died.
The well-attended event was praised by many as a wonderful way to bring together different age groups to remember the sacrifices of those from past.
The 10 silhouettes funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust as part of their ‘There But Not There’ campaign were present in the audience as a poignant reminder of those who fell in war. Huntcliff School decided to utilise their silhouettes as part of an event to commemorate the centenary of WWI.
Learners from both schools took part in activities such as dressing up in uniform, listening to the stories of current and previous serving soldiers and handling artefacts from WWI prior to the event.
In the lead up to the event, Simon Clarke MP, Ruby Ramsay (Head Student at Huntcliff) and Kian Jackson and Lydia Thompson-Jones (Head Boy and Head Girl for Saltburn Primary School) planted the remaining 3 trees of the 64 planted in the campus’s newly designed Remembrance Garden in honour of those on the War Memorial.
Hannah Mohon, Head of Humanities at Huntcliff School, who applied for the grants said, ‘the Remembrance event was a fitting way to mark the milestone of the centenary of the end of World War I, while the tree planting provided a more permanent reminder of the sacrifice made by those men of Saltburn who gave their lives. It reflects the determination of the local community that ‘we will remember them’’.
Following the tree planting visitors were invited to see displays of trench models created by students, relevant memorabilia and books; a poppy arch (with poppies contributed by staff, students and members of the community), colouring and craft activities, a treasure hunt for younger children, cards for messages in memory of soldiers killed in the Great War, video clips as well as relevant stalls and displays by local groups.
Parents Mr and Mrs Palin said, ‘we are really proud that our daughter attends a school that pays such great respect to such an important annual event and in particular on this 100th year anniversary.’
At the end of the evening, a formal remembrance service was led by Miss Mohon, members of the local Army Cadets, Year 10 drama students, Year 7 students who read poetry, the Huntcliff Choir and Tony Lynn MBE – a local historian who provided an insight into Saltburn during World War I. Tony said, ‘these children will always remember what they achieved at this event, and that matters, because they are the next generation.’
Many visitors commented on the moment when 64 men stood up to represent the 64 soldiers; just as each of those who stood up had people who cared for them, had hopes and dreams for the future and were known by others in the community.