Wednesday, 11 November 2015
In a poignant Remembrance Assembly, almost 900 poppy-wearing boys fell silent to remember those that have lost their lives in war, including the School’s own Old Boys and former staff.
Dr Holland lead the assembly and asked the boys to think about what peace means to them, reminding them that it is all too easy to take this for granted in our world today. The boys were asked to think about the millions that had died and the hundreds of thousands of people that are still involved in war and unrest in different parts of the world. With Victory in Europe (VE) Day being celebrated 70 years on, six Year 10 pupils (Sal Albaghdady, Jean-Paul Asumu, Christopher Jacob, Peter Johnson, James Larkin and Salim Vahed) each read tributes to Old Boys that had fallen in World War Two from Eric McPherson’s book Remembered With Honour. The book, published in 2009, remembers the Old Boys and staff of Bolton School who died in two World Wars.
Dr Holland drew on Churchill’s University of Zurich speech shortly after the Second World War which discussed the “Tragedy of Europe” and sought to seek a pathway for peace, reconciliation and prosperity.
Three wreaths were laid by Year 13 boys Thomas Wright, Nathaniel Phillips and Daniel Anderson in front of the Memorial Staircase.