As the Thomas Deacon Academy 10-year celebrations continue, the focus this month has been on the success and achievements of the Combined Cadet Force.
The Academy opened the second of 10 pop-up galleries, depicting the Combined Cadet Force from 2007 – 2017 on November 1, and the cadets have worn their section uniform.
November 10 saw the 10th Remembrance Service take place, which was as poignant as ever, particularly as the Academy welcomed a special guest, Peter Goodale, the oldest known surviving Deaconian and former British Army Bomb Leader. The students gathered on the balconies of the Academy as the Last Post signified the start of a two-minute silence to pay respect to the fallen. As the Academy fell silent, the poppies floated down from the bridge to the Atrium floor where the colour party lowered their flags. Head Boy Arslaan Amjad and Head Girl Madiyah Hussain read the names of the war heroes known to have attended Deacons during their school days, before laying the wreath at the lectern.
Mr Walls, Principal said: “The Combined Cadet Force plays a vital role in the success of Thomas Deacon Academy. Our cadets gain invaluable knowledge, experience and skills that help prepare them for learning and leadership in their future lives. Our annual Remembrance Service is one example of the way in which our cadets lead our school community.
The RAF Roadshow visited the Academy yesterday with their interactive exhibition and careers information.