It is my absolute pleasure to write the welcome for this edition of the
Darlington 11-19 Practitioner Newsletter.
It is an even greater pleasure to read that over 359 of our youngsters
have recieved in some in some part, a mention in this edition.
The diverse range of accolades is fantastic too, from
Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College and Carmel College to Wyvern Academy
Presenting on BBC News, to the amazing individual achievements of Bridie and Dylan
Darlington is a very special place bursting with talented, aspirational young
and is literally overflowing with the best
practitioners in the industry.Individuals who came into the educational area to make a difference, leave a footprint
to instill a sense of belief, and to of course, change lives.
Our practitioners skillfully unravel the uniqueness of each and everyone of the young
people in our schools.
Mo Wilkinson took up her trumpet as the school marked
A moving ceremony was given added poignancy as the family
of Flt Lt Steven Johnson, his sister Sharon and mother Ann,
laid a wreathe in memory of the former student who was killed
in 2006 when his Nimrod reconnaissance plane crashed in
The school also paid a silent tribute to another student, Pt
John King, 19, who was killed in Afghanistan serving his
Army Cadets formed a guard of honour in the school’s garden
of remembrance watched by civic dignitaries, including
Darlington’s MP Jenny Chapman, the mayor Jan Taylor, her
escort Chris Taylor, Leader of Darlington Borough Council Bill
Dixon, Head of Education, Tony Murphy and the Royal British
Legion’s Ken Coates.
War poems were read out by students as part of a special
assembly and history teacher and former RAF pilot Luke
McVitie recounted an emotional tale about friends and
colleagues he had lost serving this country.
“They joined up to make their parents proud and to protect
this country,” he said. “These brave people sacrificed
themselves so we could be here having our wonderful lives,
in a world made better and less evil, where students can
become the best people they can possibly be.”
English teacher Daryl Henson added: “We stop to
remember those people who fought, suffered and died in
war under terrible circumstances and those caught up in
recent wars, particularly when this is so close to home.
“But Remembrance Day is also a sign of hope for the
future, that we have young men and women prepared to
sacrifice themselves to make the world a better place.”