Remembrance Day Service

On Wednesday 8th November, Years 9 and 10 gathered together for the annual Remembrance Day service.  Even though the country will not be observing a minute of silence until Saturday 11th, we wanted to be part of the national remembrance.  It is important to respect all those who have fallen in wartime, and to remember those who are still fighting around the world.

Shortly after midday, we sat in our Breary Hall – which is named after one of our former Headteachers who was in charge of the school during the First World War – and heard prayers, poems, and a reading from Matthew’s Gospel where Jesus says “Blessed are the Peacemakers”.

Mr Aubrey, our Chaplain, spoke about the importance of remembering by using the poppy.  He reminded us that the poppy is not a symbol of blood, or of war, but a symbol of hope for tomorrow; because poppies grew on top of the fields of France where just days before, there had been the catastrophe of war.  He said that we should try to be peace-makers in the world, and that we can be “blessed” by knowing we are trying to make a difference in our community, however small.

Mr Brown also spoke to us; about the importance of having peace in our own lives, and carrying on the tradition of Remembrance as we represent the whole school.  66 old pupils of the school, and 1 teacher - Ernest Davis – fought and died in the First World War.  They are just some of the many people we respect when we wear the poppy.

Sudenaz Top, 9LAM sang a beautiful and powerful version of Rise Up by Andra Day.  It has a very strong message, again reminding that there are ways for us to be strong, and to stand tall, without having to actually fight.

In the middle of the service, we observed a minute of silence.  After Isaac Summers and Noah Penton played The Last Post, we were all quiet as we remembered everyone hurt by war.

It’s a good thing that we continue to have services of Remembrance.  We should remember the suffering of the past, but we shouldn’t let it affect us chasing the peace of tomorrow.

Olamidun Ojewole and Victoria Szent-Kirallyi, 9TUR

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