To mark Remembrance Day, the whole King’s Hawford community have been taking part in activities to gain a better understanding of the importance of this annual event. Our youngest pupils in Kindergarten have crafted some wonderful mosaic poppies, which have been proudly displayed for the whole school to see in their front window. The children from Reception to Year 6 have listened to stories and poetry during assemblies and have been encouraged to consider why we have a two-minute silence on Remembrance Day. They have shared their hopes for a peaceful future and impressed staff with their thoughtfulness and aspirations for a war-free world.
The children who attend Year 1 Art Club made some beautiful poppies and Reception children have produced some beautiful drawings of poppy fields in their arts and crafts club this week. It really has been heart-warming to see the children from all year groups spending time thinking about Remembrance Day. In the week’s leading up to 11th November, pupils from Year 6 have been selling poppy merchandise on behalf of the Royal British Legion; thank you to the parents who sent in money for their children to support this cause.
On Thursday we gathered together on the top field near The Mound to mark Remembrance Day and observe the two-minute silence. Mrs Phillips began the service by reading John McCrae’s ‘In Flanders Fields’, which was followed by the trumpet group’s haunting rendition of ‘The Last Post’ from the top of The Mound. The silence came to an end with Mrs Hughes and Mr Bates leading the trumpet group in ‘Abide with Me’. Well done to Mrs Hughes, Mr Bates and the members of trumpet group – your performance was haunting and quite beautiful. All of the children from Reception to Year 6 conducted themselves in a respectful and mature fashion whilst observing the silence. Two minutes of silence isn’t an easy feat when you’re four years old but Reception really did themselves proud.