Pupils across the Pre-Prep and Prep departments took part in a Remembrance Assembly on Friday 9 November to commemorate Armistice Day which falls on Sunday. To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War much of the focus in lessons, assemblies and form times during this November week has been on remembering the impact of this war on our community and the wider world.
144 Old Boys, former pupils of St Lawrence College, perished in the fighting; this number is very close to how many pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 attend assembly on a Friday morning. All pupils from these years made individual poppies and each child wrote the name of a fallen old boy on the petal. Joshua from Year 5 said: "It was sad how many old pupils lost their lives." Fellow pupil, Ben, added: "I will look for the name I wrote on my poppy the next time I am at the war memorial in the chapel."
To remember the wider community, pupils in Reception and Year 1 also made poppies to commemorate soldiers from all nations that took part in the Great War and some purple poppies were created in Nursery to remember that many animals also died serving in the military.
The Assembly, attended by governors, parents, pupils and staff included wreath-laying from ex-Naval Chaplain and School Governor, Rev Gordon Warren, prayers from Year 6 pupils and the School Chaplain, Rev Russell, and the reading of 'In Flanders Field' by Aswiga Geretheran.
Chris Brown, Junior School Head of History