Talbot Heath

Remembrance Assembly 2015


A poignant assembly was held for the school community today as Talbot Heath gathered to mark Armistice Day. Girls from different year groups spoke about the importance of Remembrance as a time when we remember those who have died fighting for Britain since 1914. The school reflected upon the relatives of staff and pupils who are currently serving, or who have served, in the armed forces in different conflicts across the world. Time was spent thinking about the words of John McCrae’s World War I poem ‘In Flanders Field’ which has become synonymous with Remembrance services:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

A two minute silence was held and Rev Jonathan Burke ended the service with a prayer and blessing. The girls and staff left in silence. Thanks go to Miss Saunders for her organisation of the assembly.


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