RBAI Remembrance: Commemorating the Centenary

 

RBAI has lost many members of its family in various conflicts throughout its history; the festival of Remembrance, then, while always poignant, was never more so than in 2018. To celebrate the centenary of the signing of the Armistice which brought peace at the end of ‘The Great War’, it was fitting that the School remembered the fallen, and those affected by war.

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Prior to half term some boys from Years 11 and 12 travelled to the Somme and Ypres with Mr. Woods, Mr. Gamble and Mr. Archibald in advance of the centenary.

During their trip, the group visited the Ulster Tower on the Somme, the Menin Gate and the Thiepval Memorial where they placed a poppy cross for Inst pupils who fought and died at the Somme. They also attended the Last Post Ceremony on behalf of Inst to recognise the sacrifices of and pay their respects to the pupils who fought in World War I.

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On Friday 9th November the School community gathered for the annual Remembrance parade, an event with particular significance owing to the centenary.

The parade was led by Carter Hayes, a wreath was laid in remembrance of the pupils who have fought in conflicts throughout the School's history by Deputy Head of School, Nkosinathi Khumalo and Ewan Magee played ‘The Last Post’. The tributes were led by the Principal during a very moving ceremony, and the whole School observed the silence with the utmost dignity and respect.

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In addition, on Armistice Day, representatives of the School were honored to attend the 100th Armistice Service at St Anne’s Cathedral. Along with the staff and pupils in attendance, one of the country's most respected poets, Instonian Michael Longley, read one of his poems during the service.  Mr. Todd also attended the Cenotaph Service at City Hall with some cadets who enjoyed refreshments afterwards with the Secretary of State.

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The memorials were poignant and fitting ways in which to commemorate the members of the school community who have been touched by war.

It was a poignant and fitting weekend commemorating the members of the school community who have been touched by war. It was a poignant and fitting weekend commemorating the members of the school community who have been touched by war. It was a poignant and fitting weekend commemorating the members of the school community who have been touched by war.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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