26th October 2018 — Eagle House suffered the loss of 51 old boys in the Great War and this term a special commemoration involving the whole community has been instigated. A lap around the school grounds of 1000 steps has been created for everyone to walk as many times as they can. Each step represents one life lost during conflict. The target is 10 million steps for the 10 million lives lost. During the first week of the commemoration in early October the total reached was 8 million steps. The final 2 million steps will be walked in Remembrance week.
Year 8 pupils also visited Belgium, going to Tyne Cot Cemetery to remember those who fell during the battle of Passchendaele and laying a wreath at the Menin Gate Ceremony on behalf of the school. The visit also allowed the pupils to lay a wreath on the grave of a 19 year old former pupil, William Mills, buried just outside Ypres.
Journey's End, performed by Mesh Theatre Company, is playing in Ypres and the Eagle House group saw the play and met with the cast. This has to be one of the most astonishing interpretations of R.C. Sherriff's play and the children were visibly moved by the experience.
World War 1 is long out of reach for children today but taking part in the 'steps to remember' and visiting the site of one of the most horrendous battles in history has awakened a respect and understanding for all those who died for their countries.