Remembrance Service

On Friday 8 November, Harton Academy marked the Armistice in our annual Remembrance Service assemblies and we were delighted to welcome members of the neighbourhood and from a local care home, as we do every year. We are extremely honoured that our special guest, Mr Felix Wileneus, was able to visit us this morning, too. Felix was born in 1922 and is from South Shields. He joined the Allied invasion of Normandy in France on 6 June 1944, when, a few weeks later, he was seriously injured by shrapnel. After recovering, he did return to Germany with the British army, and was making his way to Berlin, when the Germans surrendered in 1945. I would like to offer my personal appreciation to every member of our school community for helping to ensure Harton acknowledges this occasion with the dignity and respect it deserves.

It is so very important that our students fully appreciate the on-going sacrifices made by so many from our armed services. Having Felix and our elderly friends visit us can only serve as a poignant reminder of this.