We will Remember Them
The Senior School assembled in the Chapel on Friday to mark Armistice Day. Members of the school community walked along the path to Chapel past flags from more than 50 nations represented in the school, and these flags were laid upon the altar, along with the CCF's colours, during the opening hymn. Former Padre Simon Chapman preached at the service on the acute sense of loss felt by those who had been bereaved as a result of conflict.
The Head Boy and Head Girl read the names of the 45 OAs who had died in the First World War between 11th November 1915 and the same date a year later. This was Aldenham's deadliest year in the war. The two minutes' silence was observed impeccably. The congregation left the Chapel in silence as the bell tolled 288 times - once for every casualty of war amongst the Aldenham community.
On Sunday, dozens of Boarders and teachers gathered around the Green in Letchmore Heath as the school also played a large part in the Remembrance Day commemorations. The CCF were well represented and stood solemnly throughout the service. Members of the Brass Ensemble, conducted by Mr. John Rayfield, accompanied the congregational hymns, and Reshmi Patel played the Last Post and Reveille. Revd. Green led the intercessions and wreaths were laid by the Headmaster, Head of Prep School and Cadet Flight Officer Tom Jacobs from the CCF.