“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 we have joined the rest of the country in remembering those who have fallen in war, observing two minutes of silence.
At Zouch Academy we commemorated Remembrance 2021 with a series of special event. All classes made Remembrance-themed artwork to decorate our entrance area of the school, co-ordinated by our Art Leader Miss Cole. Our Head Boys and Head Girls in Year 6 took assemblies of Remembrance last Friday, with a focus on our termly value of Friendship. The Teaching Assistants selected a child from each class to lay a special Remembrance poppy in assembly next to a candle and a two-minute silence was held at 11am on Thursday 11th. As is tradition, the Principal Mrs Johnson will be taking a number of children to Tidworth Town's Commemoration Service on Sunday where two pupils of our pupils will be invited to lay a wreath of Remembrance on behalf of the school.
Finally, this year's special highlight, was the opening of a Remembrance Garden of Reflection. Over the past few weeks a group of children in Key Stage 2 have worked hard with Mrs Naylor and Mrs Clark in a special after-school club to design and redevelop an outdoor courtyard area. On Thursday 11th November two ex-servicemen from the Tidworth Community - Jordan Wylie and Rick Webb - came into school to open the garden. Both visitors have worked with our school in various capacities over the last few years - and the school have raised thousands of pounds in support of a school for children in Djibouti. Please find out more about Remembrance at Zouch in the Tidworth Town Council Newsletter.
Principal Nina Johnson said: "Having a Remembrance Garden for both our pupils and staff to access will be beneficial for them as a peaceful place to reflect which will also acknowledge the community we serve and allows us to show gratitude to our armed forces past and present. I feel very proud to be leading a predominantly military school and from my personal experiences I understand the challenges army life can bring along with the amazing opportunities."
Remembrance Day falls every year on the 11th of November, the date in which the armistice was signed in 1918 to signify the end of World War One. This year, we have been able to mark this important day in person, and we are looking forward to attending events on Remembrance Sunday this coming weekend.
On Remembrance day today, we remember the sacrifices made by the armed forces community from Britain and the Commonwealth, the special contribution of families and of the emergency services, and the innocent civilians who have lost their lives in conflict.
This year marks 100 years since the nation’s collective Remembrance traditions were first brought together, and the Royal British Legion is reflecting on what the next 100 years of Remembrance could look like by examining how, who, and why we remember.
We believe in showing the utmost respect for all of those who have given their lives in wars. Remembering the fallen in war helps pupils to recognise the human cost of conflict and the importance of peace.