Today, Monday 13th November, staff and students observed a one minute silence as a mark of respect following the weekend’s national commemorations of remembrance.

The decision to hold the silence today was made due to this year’s Armistice Day falling on a Saturday.

In recent years, members of the student council have attended a short service at Withernsea’s World War 1 memorial on the 11th November. This year, owing to the date falling on a weekend, we were unable to fully take part. However, we are grateful to Year 11 student council member Daniel Welch and Cover Supervisor Paul Whittaker for representing the school and laying a wreath on our behalf on Remembrance Sunday. 

As an ex-student of the school who has previously served in the British Army, Mr Whittaker was a fitting choice to co-represent Withernsea High.

Upon leaving school in 1980 at the age of 16, Mr Whittaker joined the Royal Engineers and later the Adjutant General’s Corps. During his 24 years in the armed forces, he saw active service in the Falklands and Bosnia and was also involved in peacekeeping missions on the Sinai Peninsula – overseeing the terms of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.

Elsewhere in school, and as previously reported in an earlier article, members of our Sixth Form once again took the lead in supporting the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal by selling remembrance emblems in school in the run up to the weekend.

Thank you to all staff and students who bought poppies or donated to the cause and we look forward to sharing with you the amount raised by the school when the money is collected and counted by the Legion. 

ABOVE: Mr Whittaker and student Daniel Welch braved the heavy winter rain to pay their respects on behalf of the school. Mr Whittaker is seen proudly wearing the NATO Medal for Former Yugoslavia, the Multination Force and Observers Medal and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.

BELOW: Members of the Sixth Form took the lead in our support of the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.