Tuesday 13th November 2018
Friday 9 November saw the girls in Upper School learning about the importance of Remembrance Day. The theme of the Assembly was ‘Remembrance’ and it was led by Mrs Clifford in the Upper School Hall. Mrs Clifford gave a reflective presentation on how we remember particular moments of our lives, leading on to how the poppy became such a significant symbol of remembrance. Our Drama Prefects, Elise and Lola, then recited the poem ‘The Crosses' by Bill Minton with great expression and feeling, followed by two wonderfully presented poems written by High March girls, ‘Waiting’ by Sofia T-B, performed by Sofia, Poppy and Jasmine, and ‘Remember’ by Eliza performed by Eliza, Isabella D and Olivia B. The Senior High March Voices gave an enchanting performance of the remembrance anthem ‘For the Fallen’ by Peter Thompson and, after some reflective prayers, Mrs Clifford then explained to the girls the origins of 'The Last Post' before asking the whole school to stand to hear it played.
Later that morning, the girls in Year 6 represented High March at a special remembrance service marking the centenary of the end of World War One at St Mary’s & All Saints Church, Beaconsfield. High March joined a number of local schools in what was a very moving service. There was some wonderful hand bell playing from the boys from Davenies School alongside some confident readings and recitations of wartime letters from other schools. Our Year 6 girls performed the same poems as earlier, again with confidence and sensitivity. Everyone moved over to the War Memorial shortly before 11:00am where wreaths from each school were laid, our head girls, Chloe and Iris, assuming this responsibility for High March. Following ‘The Last Post’ performed by pupils from Beaconsfield High School, the service concluded with a minute’s silence to remember our fallen heroes.