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Remembrance Ceremony and Woodland Trust Community Planting Scheme

SHaLT Strand - Together 4 - T4

"Understanding and appreciation of the wide range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage and that of others (Cultural)"

 For Remembrance Day today the School, in conjunction with the local community, Interserve Facilities Management Plc, Sandwell Futures, Sandwell Authority and Ground Control Ltd, have planted tree saplings to commemorate the fallen troops of the Great War. The pupils marked the occasion by planting the 109 saplings to signify 109 fallen troops who sacrificed their lives in the Great War of 1914-1918 who were from Rowley Regis.

Pupils took part in a local history research project that allowed them to engage with the people behind the names.  They were able to further develop their understanding of how history and people from the past have developed their and explain how the community developed over time.  Pupils read poems, performed music pieces and respectfully marked the occasion in a reflective ceremony that brought the community together. 

Before the trees were planted a Service of Remembrance was held, bringing together community representatives from around Sandwell. The ceremony was led by Rev R Shelton and the Head Teacher Mrs C Hill who said “it was a true mark of reflection and a lasting memory of the ultimate sacrifice made by the men of Rowley Regis”. Each of the trees will be marked with the names of the men who laid down their lives and will provide a living memorial. The saplings have been donated as part of a Woodland Trust Community planting scheme and the Tree of Remembrance, the main focal point for the event on 11 November, was donated by W M Wheat and Son based in Aldridge.

Before this event students from year 9 also took part in an Educational Visit to the National Memorial Arboretum.  For more information click on the Facebook link below. 


Year 9 are on their way to visit the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire to focus on Remembrance. Photos to follow throughout the day.

Posted by The Westminster School on Friday, 6 November 2015