Thoughts from the Headteacher’s office

Lest We forget


I was delighted this week  to send a cheque to The Royal British Legion following our very successful Poppy Appeal this year.  The amount is for £1000.19 which is the total of money we raised through the sale of poppies, other items the British Legion supplied and the student led cake sale. I know my colleague Mr. Russell, the Head of History who organized everything was very grateful for everyone’s support and we are all pleased to have surpassed last year’s total.

It was fantastic that Roy Fortune and Tony Watts  from The British legion were able to attend this year and we are all delighted they were able to be part of and witness our two minute silence and ceremony on Tuesday.  This was observed impeccably by students across the school even though it was break time. It was both moving and valuable for our community to take these brief moments of reflection. It was also wonderful that we were able to welcome back former student Flight Sergeant Stuart Hall of the Coulsdon Air Cadet training Corps. Please feel free to look at the school website which contains images and a brief report.

In response to the “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” display at the Tower of London, Art students at Woodcote High School, honoured the residents of the Woodcote area who were lost in the Great War of 1914 – 1918, by making 60 of their own distinctive and unique ceramic poppies, one for each of the fallen. The poppies were laid during the ceremony  and are now displayed in the school grounds in Woodcote’s own field of remembrance.  Wreaths at the ceremony were laid by myself, on behalf of the staff and governors, ex-student Flight Sergeant Stuart Hall of the 285 Coulsdon & Purley Air Cadets Squadron  on behalf of former students who have served in the Armed Forces  and two current students on behalf of the entire student body.

Head of Art at Woodcote High School, Ms.Gray said:

“Our students were so moved by the sea of poppies at the Tower of London that they wanted to make their own during lunchtimes and after school as their small contribution to this memorable event. Students designed and made their own poppies out of clay which were fired and hand painted.  I was truly inspired by their motivation to want to contribute to the centenary of WWI.”