Remembrance Day 2019
This Monday marked 100 years since the first ever Remembrance Day and staff and students held a one minute silence following an ensemble of trumpeters playing 'The Last Post' at various locations around the school. It was a moving moment and one that has been a tradition in the school since 2014, when history students planted a centenary tree in the school grounds in recognition of the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914.
'The Last Post' being played by Year 10 student Alasdair
The history of the Great War is an important part of learning here at CNS and every year a group of Year 9 students take a trip to the WW1 Battlefields in Belgium, where they lay a wreath at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres. They also take a trip over to the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, which includes ex CNS student Private Richard Bullard.
This year's Year 9 students Lucy Courtier and Lawrence Robinson laying the wreath yesterday at Menin Gate.
The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme in France, which includes the name of an ex CNS student
The school is also the proud custodians of a World War 1 war memorial, which hangs in the Study Hall here at CNS and which is an important part of CNS's history. The memorial was unveiled at the school in 1922 and records the names of eighty-four Masters and CNS Old Boys who were lost to the war. The memorial was designed by and carried out under the supervision of a member of staff, who also undertook the painting and decorating.