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In 2017/18 St Cuthbert’s High School in Sutton, St Helens celebrated its Diamond Jubilee and was keen to leave a legacy from those celebrations.
Using funds raised by the final community event of the year – StCuthFEST, the school has decided to purchase and install its own Tommy silhouette as part of the ‘There But Not There’ centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 war.
‘There But Not There’ aims to place a representative figure for every name on local war memorials around the country, into their place of worship, their school, their workplace or wherever their absence was keenly felt. These transparent silhouettes will be back within their communities for Remembrance 2018, the centenary of the end of the 1914-1918 First World War.
Commenting on the installation Mrs Catherine Twist, Headteacher, said, ‘Remembrance has always been an important annual event in our school calendar. As the centenary period draws to a close we wanted a real focus with which to educate younger generations on the level of sacrifice made by British and Commonwealth men and women in the First World War, and the impact this war had on our society and culture today. We hope by installing a Tommy at our front door we may symbolically be bringing a member of our community back home.’
Head of Humanities, Mrs Holly Brown said, ‘In the lead up to Armistice Day we will be exploring lots of different aspects of the end of the First World War including work with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Events will include a week-long series of assemblies which will culminate with our annual Service of Remembrance for the community in our school grounds.’