St. Alban the Martyr


8 Nov 2019 • General news

At Ark St Alban’s Academy, Collective Worship that is sensitive to our religious diversity is important to us. Over the course of this term we have been looking at a broad range of topics, three of these are: giving thanks to God for the food we eat, respecting others and ourselves, and Black History Month. This week our theme is Remembrance. We used the poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrae to help us think about those who died in war, especially the First World War. At the Academy we think it is important to remember all those who have given ‘the last full measure of devotion’ in support of our country and communities. They came from many different backgrounds and fought for us in many different conflicts.

As part our memorial the students cut out poppies to make a reflection area under the community war memorial, which is in the atrium or our academy. The students wrote on these poppies: remembrances of those who gave their lives in past conflicts and the names of current conflicts around the world.

This reflection area will be moved into St Alban’s Church for our Friday Collective Worship and will stay there for Remembrance Sunday. So, Academy, Church and Community will all be connected in remembering those who have died in war and in praying for those suffering in wars today.