Students at Clacton Coastal Academy have been doing their part to remember this week. On Saturday a group of sixth form students volunteered to help at the Remembrance Festival in Frinton. This involved collecting money for Help for Heroes, running stalls and showing visitors military vehicles. Taylor Sherlock commented that “It was really interesting to meet so many different kinds of people and to hear about all that they have done for this country. We had a great day and enjoyed getting involved with the community.”
On Tuesday the academy held their Remembrance service. This included readings from students and a thought for the day from Reverend Stallard. They also had special guests from the Royal British Legion attend the service and talk to students. Students then went on to attend the service in town. To commemorate the centenary of WW1, a special plaque was laid in memory of all the men and women who have given their lives in war. Year 9 textile students have also been working very hard on three special memorial wall hangings to mark the centenary. They have been working on this together since September, each having set jobs and practicing new techniques they have been taught.
Principal Tracey Hemming said: “Our service was very moving, with two readings from students, one which they had written themselves. I am always impressed with how students conduct themselves at events like these. They understand the importance of taking the time to remember those who have made sacrifices for us and it has become a special tradition here at CCA.”