Remembrance Day 2017
10th Nov 2017
Lest we forget... We held our annual Remembrance Day service at Radnor Gardens today - a sombre and thoughtful occasion for our pupils to consider the impact of war and to pay their respects to the men and women who gave up their lives for our freedom. We share with you words from Rosie Gill - Head, spoken at the service today:
Why do we remember?
What is remembrance for?
What does remembrance mean to you?
Is it a show of gratitude to those who have died?
Perhaps it is a reinforcement of “British” values such as courage or self sacrifice?
Or is it about keeping memories alive in order to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.
There are some who say that the act of remembrance sanitises war, erasing the horror through the following of a clean, crisp ritual.
If we need any reminder of the horror and reality of the war on which this ceremony is based, then we just need look amongst our number at the young men, aged 16-35 who would not have been in our midst 100 years ago.
They would have been stationed somewhere in a muddy battlefield, cold, afraid, many there against their will, they would have been thinking of the families they had left behind, the young men dying about them and wishing for an end to this most bloody and deadly of wars. Many of them would never return home.
Since then the world has become not more but less peaceful. On this day, there are only 11 countries in the world that remain conflict free. Eleven of one hundred and ninety five.
As we come together as a community today, the message of remembrance has never been clearer.
Do not forget, do not be ignorant of the past and do not let it happen again.