“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.” Extract from 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon
Remembrance Day falls every year on the 11th of November, the date in which the armistice was signed in 1918 to signify the end of World War One. This year, we have been able to mark this important day in person at both Byron House and Senior House and commemorate those who have fallen and mark this occasion with sincerity and respect.
The children stood and listened in silence to The Last Post, which signalled the start of the two-minute silence. The traditional playing of The Last Post and Reveille was performed by one Form 6 at Senior House and two Form 5, one Form 3 and one Form 4 at Senior House. One of the performers reflected, ‘Although it was slightly nerve racking to play such a precision-requiring piece in front of most of the school in total silence, it also made us realise what an honour it was to be asked to do it. Not only did we get through both The Last Post and the Reveille, we also enjoyed it. It was a much deeper and stronger way of remembering those who have died in conflict and it was an important experience that will stay with us forever.’
Children across Byron House created poppies, designed them out of maths materials and T2W created beautiful woven poppies which adorned the fence behind the trumpeters in the playground during the Act of Remembrance. One children remarked, "Seeing my bright red poppy helped me to remember all those soldiers who have died to give us a better future. I now know that you should wear your poppy on the left hand side as a sign of respect over your heart to show your compassion for those who have fallen."