“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.
Our annual Remembrance Day commemorations take place today, and as a school with a strong military representation - nearly three quarters of our school are from forces families - we take great pride in this event. Today, the children will take part in two assemblies. The first will be led by Andrew Fennell, a current serving soldier who will speak to the children about the significance of 11th November.
The second is our main commemoration event, which will take place in the lead up to 11.00 a.m. and our two minutes' silence. This will be led by four of our year 6 children, including our head boy and head girl. This year's assembly is centred on our current whole-school theme of Great Britain and our current value of 'unity'. Children will read out poems which they have written themselves and sing our traditional song, "Fields of Poppies". One child from each class, chosen by our teaching assistants for representing unity, will then come forward and lay a poppy.
Mr Phillips, Vice Principal, said: "As a school whose predominant population is military, we recognise the importance of Remembrance. The Armed Forces play an important part in the lives of the children at Zouch, and we attach great significance to commemorating those who have lost their lives in conflict and give thanks to those who are currently serving. I am very proud of the children leading the event and I would like to congratulate all of the children who have been chosen as ambassadors for our value of 'unity'."
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.