“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.”
Today is Remembrance Day and the whole school community has joined the rest of the country in remembering those who have fallen in war.
This special day was first observed in 1918 to signify the eventual end of World War One. No conflict had ever been fought on such a large scale, with men from all corners of the world fighting for their nation using technology that defied expectations of modern warfare. Despite the commemorations originating in this past conflict, the day recognises the brave acts of all service men and women in wars both past and present.
This year, our school has been supporting the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal by selling poppies to our staff and children. In the lead up to Remembrance Day, our year 6 pupils have been studying World War 2 as part of their history curriculum, and also learned about the significance of the poppy and Remembrance Day itself.
Mr White, Principal, said: "At Shaw School, we feel it is important that the children leave year 6 with a clear understanding of the significance and impact of World War 2. We ensure that this unit of work also includes an understanding of Remembrance Day as a key national event commemorating the sacrifice of many lives in the pursuit of freedom and justice."
Remembrance Day is a poignant event and we believe in showing the utmost respect for all of the brave soldiers who have given their lives fighting for our country. Remembering the fallen in war helps pupils to recognise the human cost of conflict and stresses the importance of peace. However you are commemorating Remembrance Day, we wish you all the best.