12th November 2018 — Each pupil made their own poppy and attached it to the wall, making an eye-catching display which evoked the scale of loss of life in the war.
The event formed part of an extended Remembrance week to commemorate the centenary, which included an external drama company delivering workshops that brought war poems to life. Year 6 pupils have been selling poppies to the school community at morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times to raise money for the Royal British Legion. The whole school congregated in the playground for a special centenary edition of the annual Remembrance service, led by Headmaster Ed Rees.
The poignant service included readings by Year 6 pupils and the brass ensemble played The Last Post. Headmaster Ed Rees said, “It has been a very thought-provoking week. The wall of poppies was a wonderful way to involve all the children and help them understand the meaning of the poppy for remembrance. It is so important that we continue to teach the next generation about the sacrifices made by servicemen and women, as well as their families.”
Each year Hornsby House take their Year 5 pupils to Ypres in Belgium, on a 4 day trip visiting the battlefields and war graves in the area. Deputy Head Mark Peters said, “We believe it is vital for our pupils to understand the history of World War I, and each year we are amazed at how they respond to the trip with maturity and reflection.”
Parents and pupils were encouraged to research their family history in relation to the war over half term and have been sharing their discoveries in class this week. Eliza, 10, said, “I had no idea about my great, great grandfather’s efforts in the war. It has been really interesting finding out about what he did.”