‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.’
The children of 4LJ led a very poignant and moving service of Remembrance on Wednesday 10th November. They thought about what the word ‘ remembrance’ actually means, and why Armistice Day is such an important event in our calendar.
‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae was recited by the children with such understanding and expression, as was part of Laurence Binyon’s ‘For the Fallen.’
The children also heard that even though it would have been incredibly difficult and frightening being at war, there are many stories from the battlefields of hope and peace, where God was clearly with the soldiers, giving them strength, protection and hope.
Mrs James was very proud of how well every child played their part in the service, and Krish summed up the feelings of the whole form when he said, “I feel so honoured that Mrs. Drake asked 4LJ to lead this special assembly.”
The Upper School service was led by Chaplain and Revd Dr Nick Tucker, with readings from Mr Neeson, Mr Singleton and our newly-appointed School Leaders. Mr Singleton carried a poppy wreath to the altar, and the Chapel Choir sang the beautiful anthem, ‘For The Fallen’. Revd Tucker shared the story of a local serviceman, who gave exceptional medical help and care on the battlefields. He also drew on the sacrifice of Jesus as the greatest example of love, and a minute’s silence was observed by all.
After the service a remembrance wreath was laid in the church grounds by a war memorial. A wreath was also presented to Mr Singleton, who has faithfully supported our Chapel Services for many years, and for whom Remembrance is a particularly meaningful time. As this was his final Remembrance service as Chair of Governors, Mr Neeson praised him for his commitment, support and service to the school.
We are very grateful to Nick Tucker and his team for hosting the service. It was lovely to be supported in both gatherings by parents and governors. Thank you to all who took time out of their busy lives to stop and remember.