Remembrance Day in Junior School
On Monday 13th November, Northwood College for Girls Junior School celebrated Remembrance Day, gathering as a whole Junior School, including staff and governors, in the Junior Playground.
We lined the outside of the playground in 2 large circles, centred round a memorial to the 40 Boys from Northwood College who fought in the First World War, and in particular to the 18 of those who did not come back.
We thought of Kate Luard, a nurse who served at Passchendaele, the battle fought 100 years ago in 1917. Every girl and staff member had made a poppy and, after some readings of a letter from Kate Luard about her experiences and of First World War poems, every girl and adult from Nursery to Year 6 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; in the cold, bright sunlight, all the girls were silent and respectful for the entire service, and it was made extremely poignant by the wind gently blowing the poppies and the sound of the trench whistle breaking into the silence.
Our grateful thanks to all involved.