Remembering how conflict has touched Steyning school

Students participating in the ceremony
Students participating in the ceremony

STUDENTS and staff at Steyning Grammar School held a two-minutes’ silence on Armistice Day.

The whole school fell silent on Tuesday at 11am and an Act of Remembrance was held at Bolton House, where students, old boys and staff joined together in commemoration.

The service was opened by the school chaplain, the Rev Peter Butchers, in front of the school’s two memorial plaques.

Mr Butchers said it was a time to stop and remember how conflict had touched the school. “This is a special service between the old boys and the school and is particularly poignant in our 400th anniversary year.”

Mrs Marion Gue, chairman of governors, who gave the first reading, said: “Remembering former students who gave their lives reminds today’s students of what young people like them were called upon to do in service of their country.”

Head boy Ross Cusdin and head girl Olivia Cleary read a list of former pupils who had fallen in both world wars, which was followed by the laying of the wreaths.

Those who had fallen in more recent conflicts were also remembered, in particular Lance Corporal James Brynin, who was killed in active service in Afghanistan last year.

Old boy Michael Moore said: “I started coming to this service four years ago as an act of remembrance as I feel that our dead should be remembered, and it is interesting that so many of us old boys want to come back.”

Meanwhile, students, Isabell Green and Christopher Nixon were representing the school at the Royal British Legion service at the War Memorial in Steyning