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10 November 2017

Respectful Remembrance

Written by Claire Luckhurst (Head of Pre-Prep)

This morning our Pre-Prep pupils spent time in assembly thinking about the solemnity this week brings as we approach Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

The children listened to a story, ‘The Christmas Truce: The Place Where Peace was Found’ by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey (the sequel to one we listened to last year, ‘ Where the Poppies Now Grow’), based on that remarkable moment in history when a group of tired soldiers start singing Stille Nacht and soldiers on the other side of No Man’s Land respond with Silent Night . The next day, soldiers on both sides put down their weapons and celebrate Christmas Day with a friendly football match. The story itself is a wonderful celebration of the human spirit and marks the time when, for one day, peace found a place. It also helped the children to understand the reason why it is so important we wear our poppies as a sign of respect, thankfulness and hope. We thought about how Remembrance is something so much bigger and more special than just remembering, and how silence is needed in our busy, noisy world, to help us do it properly.

Our Pre-Prep gathered together this morning at 11 o’clock for our own special Remembrance Service. Our eldest and youngest members of Pre-Prep hung a poppy wreath and our incoming and outgoing Ambassadors each read a short verse. The children listened to The Last Post and respected a minute’s silence to remember the guns falling silent in 1918. Our children may only be very young but it is to their credit how well they instinctively know the importance of this event. I also hope it lays the foundations of the uncompromising respect they will hold in their hearts for all fallen and serving servicemen and women as they continue to grow.

Pre-Prep’s Assembly Song of Peace

Peace be in our waking

Peace be in our sleeping

Peace be in our talking

Peace be in our listening

Peace be in our resting

Peace be in our playing

Peace be in our crying

Peace be in our laughing

May peace be with us all the time

May peace be with us all the time.

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