This week has been a very special one indeed for everyone at Denstone College Prep School. We gathered in the chapel just before 11 o’clock on Tuesday to observe two minutes’ silence, impeccably followed even by our very small children in Reception and followed by Saffron playing the Last Post and Josh and Rebecca reading those memorable lines from Laurence Binyon’s poem.  Last year I attended a very short by deeply moving service at Charing Cross Station on 11th November and it is a sobering thought to think of so many people throughout the country stopping whatever they are doing and standing in silence for two minutes to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice that we might enjoy the wonderful opportunities that come our way today and the freedom that comes from living in a democracy.

On Thursday the whole school visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas for a tour of the site, some workshops and a very moving service that involved contributions from every single year group, a minutes silence and a reprise from Saffron of The Last Post. It was lovely to have so many parents join us for the chapel service and for many of us, myself included, this was our first visit to the NMA and I was amazed at the size of it, the sense of awe that surrounds the site and the beautiful simplicity of the chapel.  We shall be going back as a family in the near future and I am hoping that I can persuade someone to come and talk about their work there at next term’s mothers’ supper.

We had over 40 people at this morning’s first Family Breakfast. I am very grateful to Kath, Gina and Elaine for all of their hard work which made this possible.  It is going to be a weekly  Friday event, but there will be a limit of 40 cooked breakfasts each week and a maximum of 50 people overall, so you will need to book early to be sure of a place!

The display in the chapel looks wonderful – do go and visit it if you’ve not seen it. I must thank Mrs Edmonds for this, as well as organising the trip to the NMA.

So it has been a memorable week, both for the school and the country and I have been immensely proud of the way that our family – pupils, staff, parents and governors have embraced such a special occasion with such sensitivity.


Jerry Gear