Remembrance Day 2023

Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, pupils from across the Junior and Senior Schools have been paying their respects in a number of ways. 

On Tuesday 7 November, pupils in the Combined Cadet Force gathered for their Service of Remembrance Parade and biennial parade. 

Pupils, staff and guests first congregated in MacRobert Hall for the service conducted by Reverend Louis Kinsey. The service was followed by a Contingent Inspection led by Inspecting Officer Air Vice Marshall Paterson and Contingent Commander Sumner. 

During the evening reception, The Gordon Campbell Sword was presented by Gordon Campbell Snr to Pipe Major Blair for his outstanding contribution to the Pipe Band. 

The sword was donated by the Campbell family in memory of their son and brother Cpl Gordon Campbell, RGC Class of '97, of the Royal Marines and Special Boat Service, who lost his life in 2006 while serving his country.

Contingent Commander Sumner commented: “Remembrance is an opportunity to remember all those who made a sacrifice, whether giving their lives or giving some other part of themselves, physically or mentally. When a war or conflict ends, for some the battles don’t stop. It is so important that we continue to support veterans and their families, no matter when or where they served. As a CCF Contingent we are proud of our schools military connections and grateful to be able to recognise the service and sacrifice of the Gordonian community past and present.”

Our Junior School pupils hosted their own Remembrance Service in MacRobert Hall, learning more about Armistice and honouring the brave men and women of the armed forces who have sadly lost their lives. 

When speaking about the assembly, Mr Hall, Teacher of Junior School, commented: “It was a privilege to work with such a talented year group. Everyone has contributed very positively to share the message of Remembrance through their use of poetry, storytelling and music.”

Primary 7 pupil Charlotte added: “P7H really liked planning, creating and performing our Remembrance Assembly, there were plenty of highlights. Many in the class loved making poppies with the P1’s, learning and delivering a song selected by the class and bringing our creative writing to life on stage.”

Both our Junior and Senior School pupils have been selling poppies in aid of Poppy Scotland who provide support for current and former members of the Armed Forces, as well as their families.

Mrs Smith, Head of Senior School shared: “Remembrance Assemblies were held in the Senior School, delivered by our School Captains and Vice-Captains. They spoke to pupils about the 317 pupils and staff of Robert Gordon’s College who lost their lives in the first world war before laying wreaths at the carved oak plaque in the Auld Hoose.”