Stockport Academy students, staff and our local community paid tribute to all of those affected by last year’s Manchester Arena bombing this morning, one year on.
In a moving ceremony, students lined out in the playground dressed in black and yellow clothing to form the outline of a giant bee, before over 700 paper bees were dropped from the roof as our choir performed Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’.
The audience then heard from Paula, who is a mum of one of our students and who was at the concert with her daughter on the night the bomb went off. This was followed by an emotional display from our SA Dance group, then Year 8 student Belle singing a tear-jerking performance of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ as students released black and yellow balloons.
SA Dance came back for a final time to close the ceremony, with students invited to get up and clap and/or dance to show their support after showing the utmost respect throughout proceedings.
Principal Mrs McCann said: “A number of our students and their families were there on that fateful night and as a whole school we have been affected by the events that unfolded.
“It was so important to us as a school for us to stand together today and I am so proud of our students and staff for the level of respect and resilience shown here today.”