Staff and students at St. Augustine School marked Remembrance Day with special assemblies held on Nov. 9.
The Grade 10 student-led event, which included a focus on symbols of Remembrance Day, was for Grades 5 to 12 students.
“Basically, we look at students who are role models to lead the ceremony,” explained Justin Florean, a social studies teacher at the school.
“Our focus really is to understand why we remember, and how we remember. And hopefully, it supports people then going to the legion on Remembrance Day as well,” he added.
About 12 students took part in leading the ceremony which also featured a video of Corp. Sarah Keller, who shared her experience of losing her husband Corp. Bryce Keller while serving in Afghanistan.
He died on Aug. 3, 2006. Her story brought home the impact of loss and the meaning of sacrifice, which coincides with the educational emphasis of students at this time of the year — Florean said Grade 11 is a key year in terms of studying the world wars.
“It’s important to know why we remember, and to know the significance of Remembrance Day; remembering the fallen and those who have served.”
The primary school’s program was led by the Grade 2 classes.