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News: Stu­dents and alum­ni remem­ber the fall­en for Armistice Day

Members of the High Pavement Society together with A Level students outside High Pavement Sixth Form
Members of the High Pavement Society together with A Level students outside High Pavement Sixth Form

To mark Remembrance Day 2021, Nottingham College staff and students, along with High Pavement alumni, held a special ceremony at its High Pavement Sixth Form on Friday 12th November.

Lead­ing the ser­vice were mem­bers of the High Pave­ment Soci­ety, made up of High Pave­ment School alum­ni, some of them from the 1940s, includ­ing the Pres­i­dent and Chair­man of the High Pave­ment Soci­ety, Ken Kirk.

A Lev­el stu­dents and Soci­ety mem­bers joined togeth­er to remem­ber the fall­en, espe­cial­ly those for­mer High Pave­ment stu­dents, or Old Paviors’, who lost their lives in the First and Sec­ond World Wars.

Names of the fall­en were read out by Soci­ety mem­bers and stu­dents, fol­lowed by the sound­ing of the Last Post by Roy­al British Legion mem­ber Sarah Emblen, and a two-minute silence.

A num­ber of A Lev­el stu­dents were in atten­dance, shar­ing what Armistice Day means to them.

Ken Kirk (High Pavement Society President) with student Jegan Jatta
Ken Kirk (High Pavement Society President) with A Level student Jegan Jatta

I want­ed to be part of the event because I think remem­ber­ing the sol­diers, nurs­es and every­one who sac­ri­ficed their lives is real­ly impor­tant. With­out them we would­n’t be where we are today so they should nev­er be for­got­ten — not just for British his­to­ry but for world his­to­ry too. 

 — Jegan Jat­ta — High Pave­ment A Lev­el student
HP staff, students and alumni

We were delight­ed to wel­come our friends from the High Pave­ment Soci­ety to this impor­tant annu­al Remem­brance event. It’s extreme­ly impor­tant for us to keep the lega­cy of the for­mer High Pave­ment School and its for­mer pupils/​students alive today. Many for­mer stu­dents who lost their lives were of a sim­i­lar age or younger than some of our cur­rent stu­dents so show­ing our respect and remem­ber­ing them is impor­tant to us. 

Our stu­dents were hon­oured to be present, were very respect­ful and delight­ed to hear past sto­ries from the soci­ety mem­bers about their school mem­o­ries. It’s been a very poignant event and one that is huge­ly impor­tant to us annu­al­ly to share with our friends. 

 — Adam Beaze­ley, Head of High Pave­ment Sixth Form
Ken Kirk
Ken Kirk - High Pavement Society President

It was a real priv­i­lege to work with the staff and stu­dents at High Pave­ment Sixth Form for the cer­e­mo­ny, which I hope proved to be a very effec­tive remem­brance, and one which hope­ful­ly made an impact on every­one involved. I also hope it encour­ages some of the younger gen­er­a­tion to attend their local church cer­e­monies for Remem­brance Sunday. 

 — Ken Kirk — High Pave­ment Soci­ety President

Mol­ly Nor­man, 17, helped to read out the names of the fall­en as part of the cer­e­mo­ny. She is study­ing A Lev­els in Soci­ol­o­gy, Pol­i­tics and Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture. She said: My Great-Grandad fought in World War II. I was­n’t able to get to know him but my dad always spoke high­ly of him. It was out of respect for him and all the oth­er sol­diers that I real­ly want­ed to be involved in the event.”

On Remem­brance Day, Thurs­day 11 Novem­ber, stu­dents and staff across the whole Col­lege paused to observe a two-minute silence.

Inter­est­ed in find­ing out more about the High Pave­ment Soci­ety, and the College’s his­to­ry and her­itage?

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  • 12th November 2021 (1:09 PM)
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