Across the UK, remembrance events have been scaled back. This rang true across Challoner’s last week as the school community gathered (virtually) to commemorate those who had given their lives during the world wars.

The coronavirus pandemic prevented us from assembling outside, listening to the toll of the bugle calling soldiers from the battlefield and the list of lives that were taken from our own school. Instead, we had to adapt and hold a virtual assembly, with everyone, somewhat unusually, in their classrooms. In a Biology lesson at the time, for me, this was very unusual when compared to the previous years that I remember.

Though, in many aspects, the events stayed the same. We held an assembly, remembered those who had given up their lives in the world wars, listened to the names of those who had died from our own Challoner’s community, and listened to the symbolic call of the bugle to mark the silence that we all contributed to.

Nonetheless, this was all virtual, and it cannot be helped that the ceremony felt surreal, despite sticking to its structured routine that would have appeared as ‘normal’ in any pre-coronavirus (or post-coronavirus) world.

Whether we commemorate the lives of those who died in a virtual way again next year doesn’t fall in our hands to decide. But what remains clear is that the Challoner’s community, as with the entire nation, adapted, and will continue to adapt, to the unusual circumstances and challenges that we face with resilience and determination to ensure that we will remember them.