Hastings school defends Armistice silence decision

Hastings Academy SUS-140409-125816001
Hastings Academy SUS-140409-125816001

A school has defended its decision not to observe the full two minutes silence at 11am on Armistice Day.

Hastings Academy drew some criticism from parents after it decided to split the two minutes into two separate one-minute periods of reflection.

Karen Sheppard, PA to the head teacher, told the Observer the school had held a number of special assemblies throughout the week, educating students about the various conflicts since World War One, as well as the symbolism of the poppy.

A one minute silence was held in an assembly on Wednesday (November 11) as part of a bigger act of remembrance. A further one minute silence followed at 11am.

Ms Sheppard said of the assembly: “It was particularly moving as we had a wreath of poppies and one member of staff played the Last Post.”

She added: “We wanted to go through with students exactly what it means.

“And that’s why we decided to do it that way.”

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