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OSC Commemorates Armistice Day

OSC Commemorates Armistice Day

Date: 11 November 2022

This morning, Friday 11 November, at 11:00, students and staff from East Surrey College and John Ruskin College came together for the Annual Service of Remembrance in the Winter Garden and outside the front of the College. 

At John Ruskin College, students from a wide range of courses including ESOL, Creative Arts and Life Skills put together a College display containing artwork and wreaths.

The Student Union Vice President Talha standing at a microphone outside the College  A large cross with handmade poppied attached to it

The ceremony was introduced by Lee McCarthy, Director of Learning for Technical & Vocational Studies. This was followed by a similar Remembrance speech which led to the two-minute silence introduced by Student Union Vice President Talha.

Towards the end of the ceremony, a recording of 'In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae was played.

Students facing the flagpole outside the College  A student looking at a display relating to Armistice Day

At East Surrey College, Public Services Level 1 & 2 students began the ceremony by leading a parade into the Winter Garden. We are proud to mark the occasion with members of staff who have served or continue to serve in the Armed Forces.

Jayne Dickinson giving a speech with a row of students standing behind her  Lindsay Pamphillon walking with a poppy wreath in the Winter Garden  Student Union Vice President Sadie giving a speech

Following an introductory speech by Jayne Dickinson, Chief Executive, Sadie, our Student Union Vice President led a Remembrance speech before the College kept two minutes of silence to pay their respects. During the two-minute silence, students from our Supported Learning and Caring Services courses scattered red petals from the first floor balcony, followed by The Last Post.

Nominated students from each department laid wreaths on behalf of the College community; whilst the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ was played in the Winter Garden.

Students scatter red petals from the first floor balcony in the Winter Garden  The display of poppy wreaths in the Winter Garden

Both Colleges had beautiful wreathes and displays created by students, see more of their work below:

The display of poppy wreaths in the Winter Garden  A small number of the poppy wreaths

Thank you to all students, staff and visitors for their cooperation and respect during this event.

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