On Tuesday 22nd May, Stretford High School came together to commemorate the lives lost and destroyed in the terrorist attacks twelve months ago. As an act of solidarity, defiance and respect the whole school gather for a minutes silence at 14:30 as the whole country stood still. The silence was broken with a reading of Tony ‘Longfella’ Walsh’s, This is the Place.
Staff and students have decorated our garden with messages of hope and support. A small selection of these were composted and used as part of the soils to plant a commemorative Cherry Blossom tree in the garden. It is hoped that the tree will remain a lasting memorial to blossom each spring, safe in the knowledge that it will grow stronger with the words of the students to support its roots.
“And there’s hard times again in these streets of our city
But we won’t take defeat and we don’t want your pity
Because this a place where we stand strong together
With a smile on our face, Mancunians Forever.”