Yesterday at 11am, the whole school observed a two minute silence as a tribute to our fallen heroes as part of Remembrance Day. The silence was impeccably observed – you truly could have heard a pin drop as children and staff alike stood in sombre respect. The whole service was thoughtfully and sensitively led by our Year 6 children, who were a credit to themselves and Kew College. At 10am, the Junior House filed into the Sedum which was beautifully decorated with poppies to take part in our Remembrance Day Assembly. The Year 6 children began by sharing some background information on poppies and Remembrance Day. Showing real sensitivity and empathy, they then shared some incredibly moving, poignant prose and poetry they had written in response to the famous poem 'In Flanders Fields,' which threatened to bring a tear to the eye. The haunting accompaniment to 'Abide with Me' and solos of Jerusalem and Handel's Largo played by our resident trumpet teacher, Mr Bolls and accompanied on the piano by Miss Taman our Head of Music, sent shivers down the spine, providing a suitable refrain as we took the opportunity to reflect. After the assembly, all the children, teachers and Year 6 parents met in the playground where every class laid a wreath by the tree before the two minute silence commenced. The solo trumpet rendition of the Last Post followed by the Reveille marked a fitting end to the commemoration.
We were delighted to see so many parents and our Chair of Governors, Sue Ousely join us to commemorate those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our today – not just from WW1 but from all armed conflicts, past and present. Events like this are so important in developing the children's sense of Global Citizenship and each and every one of them rose to the occasion from the oldest to the very youngest.
Click here for the Remembrance Day Gallery.