At 11 o’clock on Armistice Day students and staff at York College held two minutes silence. They were led by Uniformed Public Services students who stood in quiet reflection remembering those who gave their lives in the World Wars.
Uniformed Public Services students learn about war and conflict, leadership, government policies, teamwork, international institutions and human rights, as well as participating in outdoor and adventurous activities. Their studies equip them with an understanding of the skills and knowledge required to embark on a career in the uniformed public services.
Extended Diploma Uniformed Public Services students Jason Quill and Rhiannon Knight hope to have a career in the police force. Jason (formerly of Canon Lee Specialist Arts College) said: “My great-grandad died in World War II and I’ve always cared about Remembrance Day. It’s a day when I put time aside to think about those who gave their lives so we can live freely today.”
Rhiannon Knight (formerly of Millthorpe School) says Armistice Day is important: “Wearing a poppy and sharing in the two minutes silence gave us the opportunity to show our appreciation for all the lives lost, to show we have not forgotten them. My grandad served in the navy during the war and I am very respectful.”
Sarah Barbacane, Head of Division for Sport and Public Services at York College, said: “Students understand and respect the importance of Armistice Day - they felt proud to take a leading role. It was a poignant moment for them all.”