On Tuesday the 11th of November, all the students at Garth Hill College in Bracknell were gathered for the event of the day: Remembrance Day.
Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy Day, is a national event in England designed to celebrate the armistice and aimed at making people remember the soldiers that fought for us during the First World War. As such, two minutes of silence are performed at the eleventh hour of the day, as a form of respect. Another symbol representative of Poppy Day is the red coloured poppy. It has become famous after the publication of the poem In Flanders Fields as well as the poppies that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in WW1. They now are used to commemorate the soldiers who died in the 1914-1918 war.
Following the national tradition, Garth Hill College, a school in Bracknell in England, had a special assembly and celebration that day. The students sat down in the main hall of the school, a huge space next to the entrance of the college used only for the most important announcements and assemblies.
Some girls animated the event by singing some traditional Remembrance songs such as The Lord’s My Shepherd and Flowers of the Forest.
The event continued with a speech of the Principal who explained the symbolism behind the poppies and invited the whole school to perform 2 minutes of silence. This was followed by the lecture of multiple war-related poems by a Cadet soldier as well as some other students. The event ended with a last song, It’s a long way to Tipperary, sang by the entire audience.
“This is a good opportunity for us to learn and pay our respects” Whitney, year 12, said.
The overall feedback from the students was positive and showed that this event was beneficial for all of us, teaching the most important thing: to remember.