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In preparation for Armistice Day, the school held assemblies for each year group to reflect on the First World War and the reasons behind Remembrance Day. We were privileged to welcome three veterans over the course of the week, Major Fred Greenhow MBE, Mr Robin Ellwood and the Chairman of the Royal British Legion, Mr Ron Fairhurst. They discussed their experiences, why we have Remembrance Day and also its importance.
In addition to the assemblies, staff and pupils observed a 2-minute silence on Monday 11th November. School Council pupils gathered around the remembrance tree to observe the silence and plant memorial crosses.
This year, Remembrance Day and the assemblies, linked closely with Parliament Weeks’ ‘It Starts with You’ campaign to help pupils understand their part in society. ‘It Starts with You’ reminds us that soldiers gave their lives defending our future and that we must never forget their sacrifice.
Longfield is proud to remember! We give thanks to the service men, women and animals that gave their lives.
Congratulations to Cameron Dodd! Cameron is a fantastic role model for young people, he has shown tremendous courage, consideration and care and deserves this award. Longfield are proud to have him as a pupil!
The below article was taken from the Darlington Police Facebook Page.
Longfield Secondary school student, Cameron Dodd has been awarded this month’s young hero award.
Cameron, pictured below with his younger sister Rachel, was nominated by his Mum, Jennie after a particularly traumatic 12 months for the 15-year-old. Last year, after repeated bullying at his previous school, Cameron moved to Longfield School.
After finally settling into his new school, Cameron was then faced with further heartache. In May 2019, his father Steven tragically took his own life.
“Since losing his Dad, he has been a constant support to myself and to his younger brother and sister”, Jennie told us. “he’s matured beyond his years these last few months and really stood up to support everyone”.
Jennie then went on to tell us that since his Dad’s death, Cameron has taken it upon himself to regularly check in on his grandad and great grandfather, making sure that they have everything they need. “Cameron is definitely a credit to this world and is always there to offer a helping hand despite what he is going through himself”.
PCSO Bree, who gave out the award said ” Young people like Cameron should be acknowledged and celebrated. Despite facing his own troubles and coming to terms with his own grief, I was moved to hear how much support he gives his family”.
Cameron is the fifth young person to receive one of Darlington’s young heroes’ awards and will join the other celebrants for the annual award ceremony in June next year.
We are now taking nominations for November, please email us at Darlingtonyoungheroes@durham.pnn.police.uk and tell us why your young hero deserves to be recognised!!