On Friday, St Bart’s marked the 1-year anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine with a wreath laying ceremony in the school’s Heritage Garden. Laura Farris, MP for Newbury, accompanied members of St Bart’s staff and Sixth Form students, including those students who have joined us from Ukraine in the last year, to lay flowers, as the Ukrainian Flag was flown as a mark of respect and solidarity. During the ceremony, three wreaths were laid. One by Ukrainian student, Masha Gomzyakova; another by the Head Students, Alana Campbell and Oliver Davey, on behalf of the school; and the final one by Laura Farris.
Laura Farris spoke of our community’s unwavering commitment to supporting the Ukrainian refugees in Newbury, and Year 12 student, Pavlo Binkovskyi, beautifully read an emotional Ukrainian poem to the assembled community. Following the ceremony, Laura met with Ukrainian students so that they could share their experiences and ask her questions in person.
Mrs Lane, Head of Sixth Form at St Bartholomew’s School, said; “the Sixth Form community at St Bart’s wanted to stand in solidarity with our Ukrainian students on this difficult day. It’s a privilege to have them here”.