Friday, 10 November 2017
Year 6 girls at Hesketh House, showing great maturity, conducted a moving assembly in front of a busy hall of classmates, parents and teachers, which reflected on the heroism of those involved in the First World War and the brutality and horror they endured.
Sharing reading duties, the girls recalled how an average of 5,500 people died every single day during the 1914-18 conflict and told how each year on the second Sunday in November, much of the world comes to a stop to remember the fallen. They told how this year on Sunday 12 November, Prince Charles will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall and then, having listened to the Last Post, the gathering fell silent for 2 minutes before the Reveille was played. A poignant rendering of the poem For The Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon was followed by Years 3, 4 and 5 rousingly singing “Remember”.
The Y6 girls continued their narration, explaining how Poppy Day came about after poppies were the only flowers found to grow after the devastation in Flanders. The first Poppy Day appeal took place in 1921, in the year that the Royal British Legion was founded, and raised £106,000. This year's campaign seeks to raise £1,000,000. There was then a measured and poignant reading of John McCrae’s In Flanders Fields before the remembrance assembly ended with the singing of two war-time favourites, Pack Up Your Troubles and It's a Long Way to Tipperary.
Headteacher Mrs Laverick commended the girls on the great gravitas they showed in conducting such a moving assembly.
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