Sanders Draper Day - 24th March

Our community is very familiar with the story of Raimund Sanders Draper and the bravery he showed; we honour and pay tribute to Sanders Draper for the sacrifice he made and the heroism he showed on this very special day.

No one will ever know for sure what was going through Sanders Drapers mind back in 1943 as he took his plane down, but it is believed that in a split second he made a decision to not try and save himself by attempting to land his plane and risk hitting the school, instead he took his plane down into the school field to have the best chance of saving the lives of others.

This truly was an act of heroism and at 10.40am, we fall silent for two minutes to reflect on this sacrifice. We encourage other to do the same. 

This year (2023) marked the 80th anniversary of the faithful day and we were fortunate to have been joined at school by a host of distinguished guest including 94 year old Jim Patten who was on the other side of the wall and in class back in 1943, Mayor Trevor McKeever, Leader of Havering Council Ray Morgan,  relatives of Tom Fitch another ex students from 1943, the son and wife of Joy Caldwell one of our house heroes and Trustees of Hornchurch Historical Centre.

We focused this year on the legacy we leave behind and you can see a sample of some of the events which took place in our school as we rightfully remember our fallen hero. 

We express my thanks and appreciation to Robert Cooley and Paul Smith: from the JHTP Duncan stone masons and their most kind gesture in donating the memorial and plaque. These will continue to keep Sanders Draper at the heart of the school and be a fitting and visible reminder of the values he stood for for our students and visitors.

We thank you for your continued support and hope you can enjoy our celebrations on this day and we thank you for your support in encouraging our students to be everyday heroes in all that they do.

Mr Brooks and Jim Patten laying flowers at his grave

80th anniversary since the ultimate sacrifice was made

Mr Brooks speech prior to the opening of the memorial

Mayor Trevor McKeever opening the plaque where the plane actually hit the school 

Jim Patten standing with the memorial of our 'Everyday Hero'  Sanders Draper

Our student who won the House Competition about Sanders Draper were rewarded with an afternoon trip to Hornchurch Aerodrome Historical Trust. They had the privilege of touring the museum and immersing themselves in the rich and fascinating local history.

Below you will find how we have previously celebrated Sanders Draper day