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UCEA students mark Remembrance Day - 17/11/2017

This year, the younger generation in Ellesmere Port is once again proving its commitment to keeping alive the memory of those who lost their lives in conflict, with a show of support and respect from UniversityChurch of England Academy (UCEA).

Students and staff at UCEA welcomed the Rev Lt Col Jerry Sutton to the Academy as part of the formal Remembrance Commemorations for 2017.

Services were held throughout the day at the Academy’s Chatfield Theatre, to allow all of the Academycommunity to attend, with students from all year groups listening to the commemorations. Rev Suttonshared with students his stories about the importance of Remembrance services, as well as havingstudents consider the sacrifice which our troops have made.

During the services, students read war poetry and Bible readings. The Academy choir and musicians alsoperformed a song which they had learned called Warrior, which was also witnessed by the Ellesmere PortSchool Pastors, who led the prayers.

Rev Jerry Sutton, who has served in the Royal Army Chaplains' Department for 23 years, also holds theTerritorial Decoration, which was presented to him by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2003. Over the years MrSutton has served in many operations overseas – including Bosnia and Cyprus.

Principal, Mr I Robinson said: “As a Church of England School, the Academy aims for all students to be ableto reflect on what they believe and the world in which they live. The message of the Ultimate Sacrifice washeard and students were able to reflect on the cost of war. The event helped students honour our troopsand the troops of yesteryear to pay their respects to the families of those who serve in our forces.”

Mrs Debbie Clarke, Head of English at the Academy said: “I thought the service was incredibly powerful. We heldthe same service a number of times throughout the day, so that all had the opportunity to pay theirrespects. To see a member of the armed services, with his medals and hear his accounts was a realprivilege. The blend of music, poetry and multimedia together was also really effective in maintaining theattention of all the students.”

Jennifer Starkey, Year 13, added: “It moved me to tears. I really enjoyed seeing people I know beinginvolved, and seeing the pupils from each year group joining in during the service.”

The Academy has been well known for its Remembrance Commemorations. In November 2012, it brokethe Guinness World Record for the largest human poppy. In addition, in July 2016, the Academy wasrecognised by the Education Business Awards in the Art and Crafts category, for its stunning 2015 ArmisticeDay display of thousands of beautifully hand crafted poppies, displayed around its perimeter, in honour ofthe First World War dead.