Remembrance November 11 2016

Our assemblies have been focused on Remembrance, as Friday is Armistice Day. Led by Ms Anderson, the students were encouraged to think about the events which led to Remembrance, why we remember and how Remembrance has changed over the years. Each assembly was different so that students could think about challenging issues presented to them in a sympathetic way. Music set the scene: one of Parry’s Songs of Farewell, one of Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge or the opening Kyrie of Fauré’s Requiem. The theme of the assembly was supported by a wide range of visual images.

Käthe Kollwitz:Mother with her Dead Son, 1937

Käthe Kollwitz:Mother with her Dead Son, 1937

To set the tone for Remembrance, last Tuesday (1 November), we were delighted to welcome the well-known historian Andy Robertshaw to the school. He spoke to students in Years 9, 11 and the sixth form, focusing on the Battle of the Somme and the way it has been recorded in History.

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Andy is an expert on the First World War; he has written more than twelve books; and he was historical consultant to Steven Spielberg on the film Warhorse. The students were captivated by his knowledge, enthusiasm and his ability to communicate a lot of ideas in a short period of time.

At 11.00am on Friday, the whole school observed the two minutes silence to commemorate the moment the guns fell silent for peace at the end of World War One, on 11 November 1918 and to remember all men and women killed in subsequent conflicts.

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