The whole School has joined the two-minute silence held across the country for Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of World War 1, to commemorate those who died in conflict.
In Senior School Remembrance Prayers this week, students watched interviews with men and women from Britain, the Commonwealth and Allied countries describing their experiences of serving in the war. Students also heard how the School was bombed in September 1940. Miss Ferro read from a letter sent by the wartime Headmistress, Miss Ramsay to parents, expressing her “profound thankfulness” that despite the destruction of buildings, “not a child was hurt in any way”.
Afterwards, students wrote down something they had learned from the Remembrance Prayers onto paper poppies, which have been used to create a display in the Senior School Hub.
At Junior School Assembly with Miss Ferro on Tuesday, eight girls read out this prayer written by Year 5:
We remember those who sacrificed their lives in war to make the world a better place for us all.
Thank you to the people who fought, were injured or died in a war to make the world safe for everyone.
We are grateful to the soldiers who gave their lives to give us freedom in ours.
Let us pray for the people who have suffered and are still suffering from the effects of war.
We pray for world leaders who have difficult decisions to make to ensure peace throughout the world.
Help us to do our part by standing up to injustice whenever we meet it.
Help us to treat others as we wish to be treated and to live a life of fairness and tolerance.
Give us the strength to challenge unkind behaviour in everyday life and to cherish others.