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Remembrance 2023

Remembrance Service 2023

Today, we came together as a whole school community to learn about Remembrance Day. Remembrance Day is a special day that takes place on 11 November every year. The children entered the hall, holding a poppy and listened to 'Nimrod' from the 'Enigma Variations' Op 36 by Elgar . We shared a special video which explained the importance of Remembrance Day and talked about significance of this day for our school community. Year 1/2 read a poem called Poppy, Poppy before each class laid their beautiful wreaths made this year from recycled cups. This follows the Royal British Legion, who have made poppies this year for the first time from recycled materials and no plastic. 

The Spirituality Team led the school in prayer using the poppies.


Look at your poppy. Poppies are bright and cheerful flowers: give thanks to God for the lives of those who have died in war, remembering all the joy they brought to families and friends, and all the good things they did for their home and their country.


Then look at the red petals: red reminds us of danger and harm. Ask God to be close to those who are still facing danger each day, to give courage to the armed forces, and compassion to all who help others.


Place your whole hand over the poppy: poppies are also fragile and need to be handled gently. God cares for those who are hurting and those who are sad. Ask God to comfort all who are grieving the loss of someone they love.


Finally place a finger on the centre of the poppy: ask God to help you play your part in working for peace in the world.


Year 5/6 read the poignant poem In Flanders Fields before our 2 minute silence as a mark of respect for all those who have given their lives for us and for those who continue to give to keep us safe. The Last Post was played to signal the end of this reflective time. Year 3/4 shared these memorable words....

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.