The Urswick School Remembers

The Urswick School fell silent at 11:00am on Friday 9th November – the nearest school day to the centenary of the end of the First World War. We remembered the 439 former students and teachers who fought in the 1914-1918 conflict. 62 old boys of the school were killed in action including Ernest Davis who had been a teacher at the school.

Our school museum includes the recently restored war memorial which lists the names of those who fell. Richard Brown, Executive Headteacher, said “we have a rich school history going back nearly 500 years. It is important on occasions such as this to remember the sacrifices of earlier generations. At a time of ever rising levels of violent crime, especially involving knives, it is important to consistently promote to young people how important it is to live in peace”.

The school also organised a march for peace through the centre of Hackney, stopping at the Town Hall on Mare Street and at St John at Hackney Church to lay wreaths at the war memorial. This involved all of Urswick Sixth Form students plus representatives of every other year group. “I am sure those who lost their lives due to conflict would fully approve of young people marching for peace” said Stuart Bennett, the Assistant Headteacher who organised the event.

During a specific week of lessons to mark the end of the First World War students have also held events throughout the week; students sold Anzac biscuits at break times, the Sixth Form Academy students participated in a commemorative football match with the exchanging of gifts, there was a reading of First World War Poetry in our school museum and poppies were planted in The Urswick School Peace Garden. KS3 students made one poppy for each old boy of the school who served: with one white poppy for each of those who died. This installation was then placed in the school museum.


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