At 11am on Friday 10th November 2017 students and staff at St Thomas More paused to commemorate the First World War. Our annual service of Remembrance focused on the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, which began in July 1917. In assemblies leading up to the service students found out about the battle and the work of the Royal British Legion, who work tirelessly to ensure that all young people never forget the sacrifices made by servicemen and women in previous conflicts around the world. The Work of The British Legion underpins the nature of our remembrance activities in school and members of the cadets have been selling poppies during form time to raise money to fund rehabilitation and remembrance opportunities. Students at St Thomas More have been proudly wearing their poppies and the display along the history corridor has enabled students to stop and find out more information about the British Legion and the First World War. Year 8 students are currently studying the causes of the First World War in preparation for their next assessment so the timing of the service has highlighted to them, in particular, the relevance and importance of studying history in school.