MC&MA Honours Heroes In Double Ceremony

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12/11/2010 by mcmakarolyn

MC&MA Boys’ students and members of the Army Cadet Force, Jake and Jamie Gordon, with Friends of MC&MA Boys'

Manchester Creative and Media Academies (MC&MA) marked Remembrance Day over its two sites with two poignant ceremonies.

MC&MA Girls’ and MC&MA Boys’ commemorated the day on Thursday 11th September with separate services featuring pupils, musicians and ex-service people.  

Sergeant Mick Sharp from the Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO), lines up alongside fellow wreath layers Sergeant Michael Willemsen (RAMC) and fellow ex-serviceman Corporal Tony Bibby (Lancashire Fusiliers)

Major John McClellan, the Standard Bearer of the Liverpool branch of the Royal Army Medical Corps, laid a wreath at the MC&MA Girls’ event.

Jake and Jamie Gordon, MC&MA Boys’ students and members of the Army Cadet Force, formed the escort to poppy wreaths laid on the Memorial Board in the main corridor at the boys’.  Jamie Gordon also played the Reveille bugle call in the ceremony.

Important To Remember

Helen Phillips, Principal of MC&MA Boys’, introduced the boys’ site ceremony which remembered past North Manchester High School For Boys’ (now MC&MA Boys’) students that have died in various conflicts.  Reverend Mike McGurk, Curate In Charge of Christ Church Harpurhey, also addressed the service and led two prayers.          

Year 9 student Tyler Broad reads 'Remember', a poem by Christina Rossetti

A selection of students from both sites did readings at the ceremonies, which included the famous World War I poem, ‘In Flanders Fields’ and the anonymous piece ‘Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep’.  A video remembering past and current conflicts was played.

The service MC&MA Girls’ took place at the academy’s Garden Of Hope.  

Sergeant Mick Sharp from the Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO) was also in attendance alongside Major McClellan; and there was a piper and readings by students who are Heads of Houses.

Organiser Sergeant Michael Willemsen (RAMC) and fellow ex-serviceman Corporal Tony Bibby (Lancashire Fusiliers), who are also members of the teaching and technical staff at MC&MA Girls’, also laid wreaths.

Both ceremonies observed a two minute silence, and both academies observed the silence at 11am.

Major McClellan, who fought in the Cold War, said:  “I thought the ceremony was fabulous, absolutely fabulous. It’s certainly been a privilege; there’s no two ways about it. It was very moving.

“I was impressed with the students to be quite honest. They certainly did themselves proud.”

Chief Petty Officer, Mike Mitchell from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Careers, added: “The service was very good. I’ve been before, and they’re always well supported by teachers and the pupils.”

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