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Our annual 11th November Remembrance Assembly 2013 marked a very special occasion for pupils and staff at Poltair School. It was an opportunity for pupils and staff to come together to reflect upon the contribution of British servicemen and women since the First World War.

In the previous two assemblies, the focus for remembrance has been the 'boys' of Poltair School who fought and died in both wars. This year, a particular emphasis was placed upon recent conflicts in order to provide pupils with a broader understanding of the legacy of the First World War.

A selection of readers from Years 10-11 did an excellent job in informing pupils and staff about the history surrounding this very important day. Mr Tong read the poem, 'Taking a stand' by John Bailey and at the end of the assembly, Chelsea Payton played the last post on the bugle which added a very poignant moment to the occasion.

We were extremely fortunate to have support from the Royal British Legion, and have Retired Commander Ian Inskip of the Royal Navy who fought during the Falklands War 1982. He described his experiences and what Remembrance Day means to him; the 12 June 1982 was when 14 of his crew were killed in a missile attack by the Argentinians. Pupils and staff were fascinated to listen to his experiences but also learnt about the Falklands War, which for many pupils was new to them.

Ian Inskip is more than happy to come into school again to run an extra - curricular session for pupils, parents and staff on the Falklands War. If anyone is interested, please contact Miss Venn by email so a suitable time and venue can be arranged lvenn@poltair.cornwall.sch.uk

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