12th November 2019 — 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.
Remembrance is an important time for us at Maltman’s Green, just as it is for people right across the country. It is a time to come together to remember and give thanks for the sacrifice of thousands of men and woman who gave, and continue to give, their lives in the great war and all wars since in attempt to keep their countrymen safe. The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month will always be a symbol of that sacrifice but also of hope as we strive for a more peaceful and prosperous world.
It all started the week commencing Monday 4 November when our Year 6 girls sold poppies to pupils and staff at break and lunch times on behalf of the Royal British Legion. On Sunday 10 November, headmistress Mrs Pardon was joined by a select group of girls to lay a wreath on behalf of the School at the Gerrards Cross memorial. Then, on Monday 11 November – Armistice Day – we remembered the fallen with a special remembrance assembly led by Major General Inshaw, President of the Gerrards Cross Royal British Legion.
Major General Inshaw led a touching, poignant assembly that really brought remembrance to life for the girls. Not only did he talk about the Great War and WW2 but also of all the wars since. There were definitely a few teary eyes around the room when his assembly came to a close. Additionally, we enjoyed readings by girls in Year 6, who beautifully delivered poems including ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae. At the end of the assembly, representatives from each form came to the front to the lay their poppy wreath, designed and created as a collaborative project by the whole form. We now have some beautiful poppy displays right across the school.
Huge thanks to Major General Inshaw for his powerful assembly.
“We will remember them”.