This week all classes have taken part in activities focusing on the theme of remembrance, looking at different aspects of the World Wars and their impact on the world we live in today. They learned about life in the trenches, evacuation, causes of the 1st & 2nd World Wars and poetry and literature inspired by the conflicts. Each class designed and created their own wreaths, discovering how the poppy has become a symbol of remembrance, representing a link to the past whilst looking to the future.
At 11am on 11th November the whole school observed a minute's silence to remember those who died in the First and Second World Wars.
In the afternoon children and staff gathered in the hall for a special assembly organised by the School Councillors. The class wreaths were laid around the cross. The message was thought-provoking and beautifully delivered through poetry and role play. The children listened to the 'Last Post' and observed a minute's silence followed by the Remembrance Acclamation. The children sang 'Where have all the Flowers Gone?' and the assembly finished with a prayer of remembrance.
Prayer of Remembrance
In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
we remember them;
In the glowing of the wind and in the chill of winter;
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring;
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer;
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn;
In the beginning of the year and when it ends;
When we are weary and in the need of strength;
When we are lost and sick at heart;
When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.