Remembrance Day in Junior School


On Wednesday 11 November, the whole Junior school gathered in the Junior playground to celebrate Remembrance Day. We lined the outside of the playground in two large circles, centred round a memorial to the 40 boys from Northwood College who fought in the First World War, and in particular to 18 of those who did not come back. We thought of Rycharde Haythornthwaite, who attended this school and died in May 1915 aged 21.

Every girl and staff member had made a poppy and, after some readings of a letter from a soldier in the First World War home to his family and of First World War poems, every girl and adult from Nursery to Year 5 filed past and laid their poppy next to our memorial. We then held two minutes silence, begun with the Last Post and the blowing of a replica of a 1916 Somme Trench Whistle, and broken by the Reveille. It was a very moving occasion; all the girls were silent and respectful for the entire service and it was made extremely poignant by the wind gently blowing the poppies, the sound of the trench whistle and the cannons from the Northwood Base breaking into the silence.

Our grateful thanks to all involved. Mrs J Maloney 

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