Students and staff at Treviglas Community College in Newquay marked Remembrance in a special way on Friday 10th November 2017. In the Peace Garden, so memorably opened by Terry Waite OBE in 2015, poppies were scattered containing individual messages of gratitude from students.
The students had been learning about Remembrance as part of the school’s ‘SMILE’ learning programme and the week culminated in a special assembly for Cadets, House Captains, students from forces families and staff.
In line with an annual tradition at Treviglas, students who belong to Army, Sea and Air Cadets, were joined by Scouts from Newquay groups, in a week of fundraising activities for The Royal British Legion, proudly wearing their uniforms to college. Sophie King and Douglas Allen from Year 11 were involved in not only raising awareness of the Cadets’ organisations, but in spreading messages about resolving conflict. ‘It was a great thing to be standing shoulder to shoulder with other cadets,’ said Douglas. When Sophie, an Air Cadet, was involved in the assembly with teachers who have previously served in The Royal Air Force, she said she felt ‘honoured and proud’. Harry Marsay, an Explorer Scout, also in Year 11, was ‘glad to be able to promote this other uniformed youth organisation to younger students.’
During the assembly led by history teacher Mr Hargreaves and maths teacher, retired Royal Air Force Serviceman and Air Cadets Leader, Mr Dewberry, students heard of the work done by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Established in 1917, one of the commission’s key messages is that the 1.7 million servicemen and women that these locations help us to remember, were from over 150 countries. Students at Treviglas know that resolution of conflict can only come when we are able to understand and embrace diversity and tolerance. Mr MacBlain, Leader of Learning for ‘SMILE’ at Treviglas, was moved by the work of our cadets and the maturity of all student leaders in spreading the important message on conflict resolution.
Mrs Maule, Assistant Headteacher at Treviglas, has overview for the events linked to spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning, and would like to thank the students who ‘promote what it is to have a positive impact on communities -locally, nationally and internationally.’ She said that in the week of Remembrance, they were ‘fantastic role models and a beacon for global citizenship at the school’.