Remembrance at Gordonstoun
Gordonstoun held a weekend of Remembrance Services, starting with our Junior School on Friday 10 November in the evening. The service included a number of the junior school students, involved in welcoming guests and lighting the candles. The Remembrance Candles were lit by the Head boy, Yuly and Head girl, Angela. Kaitlyn (Year 6) and George (Year 6) laid a wreath, before the Head of the Junior School, Mr Robert McVean, read the Ode. The school responded and Anna (Year 8) and Katie (Year 7) played The Last Post. The school observed their two minutes of silence before the Chamber Choir sang a beautiful rendition of We will Remember Them.
On Saturday morning, in chapel, a number of our Year 9 pupils regaled stories of either their family members or old boys of the school, who had either died in service of their countries, or had served their countries. This was a very emotional and moving service to set the tone for the whole school for Armistice Day at Gordonstoun. The Chaplain led a very sombre and dignified service of reflection and memory, where the entire school community were able to commemorate and remember the sacrifices of all who had gone before them. Our Chapel Bell tolled eleven times to signify the occasion. Later in the afternoon a group of Sixth Form students manned the Poppy Scotland table at a local supermarket.
The Annual Sunday Service of Remembrance was held on the morning of Sunday 12 November in St Christopher’s Chapel. Four hundred students, members of staff, both present and former, and parents and friends of the school were in attendance. The service was led by the School Chaplain and former student, Vice Admiral Sir Jonathan Tod KCB CBE, delivered a very moving address. Sir Jonathan spoke of the boys that he knew at school, who had subsequently sacrificed their lives in the Armed Forces. He also challenged the young people in front of him to have the courage to stand up for what is right in their daily lives.
The names of the Fallen from the Gordonstoun Community were read out by the current Guardians, Natasha and Maximillian. This year saw the addition of David Martin Nicholls. David was commissioned in the Royal Air Force as a pilot on 3 Feb 1959. In September 1961 David was taking part in a flying exercise when his Hunter F6 aircraft crashed and he was killed. This information was brought to the attention of Mr David Monteith who has researched the names of Gordonstoun's Fallen, by the Vice Admiral who was a school friend of David Nicholls.
The Principal, Ms Lisa Kerr, read the well-known words They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old with The Last Post and Flowers of the Forest being played by Jenny McN on trumpet and Angus McV on the bagpipes respectively. Isable H and Archie B led the congregation for the Prayers of Intercession. The Headmaster, Mr Titus Edge, read from the Gospel according to John, Chapter 15.
Finally, three Sixth Form students, Wilf, Declan and James, represented the Gordonstoun Community at the Duffus Kirk Remembrance Service where they laid a wreath.