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 the whole school community has joined the rest of the country in remembering those who have fallen in war.
This special day was first observed in 1918 to signify the eventual end of World War One. No conflict had ever been fought on such a large scale, with men from all corners of the world fighting for their nation using technology that defied expectations of modern warfare. Despite the commemorations originating in this past conflict, the day recognises the brave acts of all service men and women in wars both past and present.
Today, everyone at Tregoze will take part in a whole-school assembly which has been planned, resourced, and run by the school councillors. The assembly will remind us about the purpose of Remembrance Day, how we celebrate it, and the sacrifices that were made by so many. We will reflect on the courage and steadfastness of all those involved in conflict by listening to a soldier's diary account, looking at photographs, singing "Make Me a Channel of Your Peace" with the school choir, and saying a prayer. At 11:00 a.m., when Big Ben chimes, the whole school will hold two minutes' silence while listening to "Last Post".
Following the assembly, each class will produce a piece of work related to World War 1 and remembrance. Reception and key stage 1 will focus on the symbolism of the poppy, while key stage 2 will create work centred on remembrance through poetry, song, prayer, and recounts.
Our year 5 pupils and the school councillors are also taking part in a special visit to the Royal British Legion Field of Remembrance in the Walled Garden of Lydiard Park. to 'remember together'. They will attend three sessions based on this year's Royal British Legion education materials, with the focus on remembering our allies, especially some of the forgotten ones.
- Session 1: Learning about D-Day in the Walled Garden and planting a cross.
- Session 2: Learning about Monte Cassino in St Mary's Church and making a poppy for the altar display.
- Session 3: Learning about Imphal & Kohima and writing a message in morse code.
As part of their visit to the Field of Remembrance, our pupils will take part in a Service of Remembrance, during which they will will stand quietly in the Walled Garden with other schools and members of the public and take part in an Act of Remembrance. This service will be led by Rev Capt Deverell and include prayers, a reading, the names of local soldiers from St Mary’s book of remembrance, a two-minute silence, and a hymn.
Remembrance Day is a poignant event and we believe in showing the utmost respect for all of the brave soldiers who have given their lives fighting for our country. 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.