Sevenoaks Town Councillor at KCC and Afghan war veteran Richard Streatfeild MBE talked to the Senior School this week about the values required for a life in the military and the sacrifices it can entail.

Military service runs in Major Streatfeild’s family; his great uncle was killed days before the WW1 Armistice and we listened to a recording of a letter he had sent home from the front in northern France, when he was just a year or two older than our Sixth Form students are now.

Major Streatfeild brought in some props to illustrate qualities needed to serve in the armed forces: a sword for courage, a row of medals for integrity, the helmet he wore in Afghanistan to represent selfless commitment, also respect for others, loyalty and self-discipline.

To help us remember the sacrifices others have made for us, Major Streatfeild urged students to design a postcard to reflect their thoughts on Remembrance. The entries will be displayed in council offices and also in our Hub.

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