Alleyn's observes poignant Act of Remembrance in lieu of Annual Parade

Staff and CCF join together for an alternative act of commemoration as lockdown affects annual parade and service.

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9th November 2020 — On Sunday 8 November Alleyn's gathered in the Great Hall to observe a moving act of commemoration. During the service members of the Alleyn's staff, CCF and School Captain represented the Edward Alleyn Club, the Heads and pupils of the Foundation Schools, the Dulwich Estate and the Parish of St Barnabas with Christ's Chapel.

Headmaster Mr Skinnard introduced the service, which was then led by Alleyn's Chaplain, Rev Lander.

Zeb, a musician in Year 10, beautifully sounded the Last Post and the Reveille, and those gathered respected the silence while wreaths were laid at a drum altar in the Great Hall, marked by a regimental drum from the Great War.

Major Benest represented the Combined Cadet Force contingents of the three Foundation Schools, Alleyn's, Dulwich College and JAGS, and School Captain Morgan delivered a reading from John 15:9-17.

Alleyn's Great Hall is, in fact, a site of memorial for the fallen from the School, and therefore it returned to one of its original uses as the Remembrance was observed. The drums are those of the 21st (First Surrey Rifles) Battalion, The London Regiment, a Territorial unit who had their headquarters in Flodden Road, Camberwell. The division had just deployed on their annual summer camp on Salisbury Plain when war was declared in August 1914, and they were at once recalled and mobilised for war service, landing at le Havre in France in March 1915.

Alleyn's Year 13 CCF cadets, and all those who took part, feel incredibly proud with their involvement in this act of Remembrance whilst representing the Edward Alleyn Club, Dulwich Estate and all 3 Foundation Schools.

Usually on Remembrance Sunday, Alleyn's CCF and Edward Alleyn Club, in conjunction with CCF from Dulwich College and JAGS, parade through Dulwich Village to a commemorative service at Christ's Chapel. Due to Covid-19 related restrictions, these activities were unable to go ahead in their usual format this year.

Alleyn's will also be marking Remembrance Day on Wednesday 11 November with a whole school act of commemoration marked by a service and parade in the School quad, live-streamed to all staff and pupils across the site.

Alleyn's (Coed 4-18) is a day school in South East London.

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