“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.”
Today is Remembrance Day and we have joined the rest of the country in remembering those who have fallen in war, observing two minutes of silence.
Remembrance Day falls every year on the 11th of November, the date in which the armistice was signed in 1918 to signify the end of World War One. The Great War, as it became known, devastated Europe, and claimed lives on a scale unlike any conflict that had been fought before.
On Remembrance day today, we remember the sacrifices made by the armed forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth, the special contribution of families and of the emergency services, and the innocent civilians who have lost their lives in conflict.
We normally have 45 minutes assemblies lead by the History Team followed by a school memorial service around a quad. The assemblies are themed - and this year we are doing the 75th Anniversary of the end of WW2, so we are looking at VE and VJ day.
Students are also laying or planting their own poppy on our quad. You can see some photos of year 8 students placing their poppies in the gallery below.
The remembrance day events we normally carry out are so important for us that we couldn't just cancel them this year. We have therefore done two pre-recorded videos, one for the assembly, and another for a virtual Remembrance service to fit in with the National 11 O'clock 2 minute silence.
You can watch the assembly video here:
Remembrance Day is a poignant event and we believe in showing the utmost respect for all of those who have given their lives in wars. Remembering the fallen in war helps pupils to recognise the human cost of conflict and stresses the importance of peace. However you are commemorating Remembrance Day, we wish you all the best.