School’s Diamond Jubilee Legacy commemorates those who died in the First World War through the installation of a Tommy silhouette
2017/18 saw the school celebrate its Diamond Jubilee. In fact, twelve months ago this week the whole school community gathered in the Metropolitan Cathedral to celebrate the lives of all those men and women educated at St Cuthbert’s since 1957.
The school was keen to leave a legacy from its year of celebrations. Using funds raised by the final community event of the year - StCuthFEST - the school has decided to purchase and install its own Tommy silhouette as part of the “There But Not There” centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 war.
“There But Not There” aims to place a representative figure for every name on local war memorials around the country, into their place of worship, their school, their workplace or wherever their absence was keenly felt. These transparent silhouettes will be back within their communities for Remembrance 2018, the centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 First World War.
Commenting on the installation Mrs Twist, Headteacher said, “Remembrance has always been an important annual event in our school calendar. As the centenary period draws to a close we wanted a real focus with which to educate younger generations on the level of sacrifice made by British and Commonwealth men and women in the First World War, and the impact this war had on our society and culture today. We hope by installing a Tommy at our front door we may symbolically be bringing a member of our community back home.”
Head of Humanities, Mrs Holly Brown said, “In the lead up to Armistice Day we will be exploring lots of different aspects of the end of the First World War including an exciting piece of work with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Events will include a series of assemblies for 5 days starting on 5th November and culminating with our annual Service of Remembrance for the community in our school grounds.”
Funds raised from the sale of the Tommies will contribute directly to the work carried out by the following beneficiary charities: Commonwealth War Graves Foundation, Help for Heroes, Combat Stress, Walking with the Wounded. The Tommies and their commemorative packaging are made by the Royal British Legion Industries, appropriately, by ex-Service Veterans employed by RBLI