The whole school, from our youngest nursery pupils to our eldest juniors gathered on the KS2 playground ready to take part in an Act of Remembrance today. We were joined by all of the school staff, many parents, governors and even a passer by who stood at the gate.
We listened to Edward Elgar’s Nimrod – from the Enigma Variations whilst we all gathered. You can listen to it in the Youtube link below:
We then listened to Stephen Fry reading John McCrae’s famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’
The bell rang to mark the start and end of our two minutes of silent reflection.
A beautiful reading of the exhortation followed:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them
We all replied
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
After this, 5 children processed to the remembrance bench on behalf of the whole school and laid their poppies. The remembrance bench surrounds a tree on the edge of the field and this year had been decorated with giant poppy poems created by year 5 which hang from the branches.
As the children processed, we all said the Lord’s Prayer together.
The children returned to their classes listening to a version of ‘I Vow to Thee My Country’.
I was so impressed with the sensitivity and reverence of all of our pupils, including the very young children. It was so clear that they understood the importance of today’s events. They are a bright future for our world and we are very proud of them. It was lovely to be joined by the wider school family this morning.
Lest We Forget …