Senior School Remembrance Assembly

Whole School

On Friday 10th November, Senior school staff, pupils and representatives from the senior leadership team and school governors, attended the annual Remembrance Assembly.

This assembly is longer than usual, allowing time to learn about and reflect on aspects of the First World War, as well as remembering the Briary Boys.

The Briary Boys were former kindergarten boys who attended Northwood College in the late nineteenth and early part of the twentieth century; of the forty who served in the First World War, eighteen died. The boys who died were commemorated by the school in 1928 by a memorial oak board which hangs in Old School.  Every year, we take the board to our Remembrance Assembly and the Head Girls have the honour of laying a wreath to the Briary Boys who met such horrible deaths and who, in many cases, left no body to be buried.

The Assembly included verses of poetry produced by some of the prolific American war poets, as well as music and solos performed by Senior school pupils.  Following the playing of the Last Post (performed by Claire- Gordon-Brown, Evie Kerrigan-Smith and former pupil Ucheena Cohen-Shah), there was a two minute silence during which poppy petals were released on to the stage and the head girl team laid the wreath. 

The assembly finished with a quartet led by Mr McElwaine playing his composition arrangement of a well-known First World War song.

Ms L Annetts, School Librarian

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