Gordon's School Remembers

A simple Service of Remembrance took place at Gordon’s School on Sunday with just one student, Pipe Major Owen Carter, taking part to pipe the traditional Scottish air played after battle ‘Battle’s O’er’ and the Lament.

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9th November 2020 — A simple Service of Remembrance took place at Gordon’s School on Sunday with just one student, Pipe Major Owen Carter, taking part to pipe the traditional Scottish air played after battle ‘Battle’s O’er’ and the Lament.

The Remembrance Service would usually be attended by the whole student body, staff and parents and would include a Parade at the school in West End, Surrey Heath. But COVID regulations meant a scaled-down, socially-distanced version with Residential Boarders observing the two minute silence in their boarding houses and just three Gordon’s staff and the Piper attending the service by the Gordon statue. The event was live-streamed via Facebook, reaching some 6,000 viewers across the world.

Dressed in his Blues uniform, the Pipe Major also played the Lament in memory of the sacrifices of so many, including the 155 former students killed in action during the First World War.

The Service, together with the Exhortation, was taken by the school Chaplain the Reverend Sarah Norbron.

Three poppy wreaths were laid by Headmaster Andrew Moss; Senior Pipe Major Iona Scotson and the Reverend Norbron on behalf of the Gordon Foundation Governors, staff and students of the school; its Parents’ Association, and one in memory of Darryl Gardiner, a Gordonian killed in 2008 in Afghanistan.

Headmaster Andrew Moss commented: “Gordon’s is proud to honour and recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by our students as well as men and women from the wider community and across the Commonwealth. While it was disappointing that our traditional act of Remembrance and the Parade were not able to go ahead, it was special that we were still able to share our intimate, simple service with parents, students, staff and Gordonians, albeit virtually.”

About Gordon's School

Offering a non-selective, co-educational day and residential boarding, Gordon’s School is recognised by HM Chief Inspector of Schools as one of Britain’s most outstanding schools and ranked in the top one per cent for achievement at A Level.

Built by public subscription over a century ago at the insistence of Queen Victoria, Gordon’s School is the national monument to General Charles Gordon of Khartoum.

While Gordon’s School embraces modern ideas, General Gordon’s legacy of traditional values remains. The School’s ethos is that high performance without good character is not true success.

To this end, it’s not just in the classrooms where students excel (90 per cent achieve A*-C Grades at A Level and 92 per cent more than five GCSEs between A*-C including English and Maths), successes are achieved in drama and the arts; debating and public speaking; dance and sport. The School also boasts an enviable record in attaining Duke of Edinburgh awards.

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