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Remembrance Day assembly

November 10th, 2017

The String Quintent performing Dido's Lament

This morning, Central Foundation honoured the 99th anniversary of Armistice Day with a whole school Remembrance Day assembly.

The assembly saw an address from Mr Brownhill, explaining the significance of Remembrance Day and the symbol of the poppy. This was followed by a reading from pupils of the poems In Flanders Fields and Rudyard Kipling’s My Boy Jack. Mr Brownhill discussed the history of In Flanders Fields and how it has come to be used in memorial services as well as the personal nature of Kipling’s poem, in part about his son who was lost in the First World War.

A musical piece followed each poem, with the Chamber Choir singing Michael Jackson’s Human Nature and the String Quintet performing Dido’s Lament by Henry Purcell.

The assembly concluded with the laying of three wreaths by the First World War Memorial

The two minutes’ silence commenced with an extract from The Fallen by Lawrence Binyon. After this Tommy from Year 9 played The Last Post to begin the silence. During the two minutes’ silence, three wreaths were laid at the school’s  War Memorial, which displays the names of all former pupils who lost their lives in the First and Second World War.

A wreath was laid on behalf of former pupils by Mr Borsak, a student at the school between 1948 and 1955. He was orphaned during the war when he lost his parents in the Blitz. He subsequently did his national service in the RAF, serving in Egypt during the Suez Crisis. A second wreath was laid by Ms Harrison on behalf of the employees of the school and a third wreath was laid by the School Captain on behalf of all the current pupils of the school.

 

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