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Students hold two-minute silence in the year group bubbles

Students and staff from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College came together, albeit at a distance, on Wednesday 11th November upholding the school’s annual remembrance tradition.

In the week leading up to Remembrance Day, members of the school student leadership team volunteered their time to sell poppies to their classmates to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

On the eleventh, students took time out of their normal lessons to reflect and engage with remembrance activities. Due to social distancing and the students being in year group bubbles the school’s traditional remembrance assembly could not take place. However, a moving performance by a group of performing arts students, along with the exhortation and silence was broadcast live to the students’ tutor rooms.

In addition, one of the resources shared with the students centred upon the bombing of Coventry which occurred 80 years ago on the night of 14th November. The night saw over 500 enemy aircraft attack the city in a raid that killed 568 civilians and left much of the city in ruins and the cathedral destroyed. The students spent time learning about the raid and what life was like living through the blitz.

Students in the textiles department made and decorated a stunning poppy dress which is currently on display in the school’s reception area.

Alison Davies, Headteacher, said “Our remembrance activities have been an important feature on the school’s calendar, and we were determined to mark the occasion by bring our students together in the best way we can in the current circumstances. As always our students have embraced the tradition of remembrance showing respect those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice.

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