It was an early start in unkind weather conditions that many of our WW1 war heroes would have been accustomed to, and our Head Boy and Girls, Dylan, Aimee, Ellie-Mae and Rebecca represented Beckfoot Oakbank School with pride and dignity, parading through Keighley towards the town church for a moving ceremony led by Rev Dr Jonathan Prichard (Keighley Town Chaplin). Our students’ leaders were also joined by many past and present Beckfoot Oakbank students. Some as interested spectators but also other like Megan Ellison, who bravely read out the names of those from Keighley who died during the Great War.
In worsening conditions Dylan, Aimee, Ellie and Rebecca placed their poppy reef amongst the others that had been left, and as the retreated all commented on the sense of community that an event like this creates.
For 2 minutes at 11am on the 11th November the country fell silent. Commemorations took place to mark the centenary of the Armistice that ended World War 1.
In Keighley Student Leaders from Beckfoot Oakbank School joined local dignitaries, war veterans, other local schools, businesses and residents from all communities and faiths in a parade and ceremony to remember those who gave their lives for the freedom of others, many of whom came from Keighley and our local community.
Throughout the week from the 5th to the 9th November, students at Beckfoot Oakbank have been remembering and reflecting on the sacrifices that young men and women made during WW1 and continue to make in other conflicts since. Head Boys and Girls have been selling poppies throughout the week. Students from every year group attended their own remembrance assembly, which was followed up in tutor period where students were given more time to reflect but also to discuss and debate the reasons why we wear a Poppy. All students in all year groups were then able to vote on this topic using our Vote 4 Schools forum.
Finally, on Friday the 9th November at exactly 11am Beckfoot Oakbank fell silent. All students and staff observed a minutes silence as a mark of respect for those who sacrificed themselves for our freedom. Students and staff stood still and the silence was immaculately respected.
Beckfoot Oakbank Student Leaders