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100 years remembered

16 November 2018

Miss Deacon and the Year 5 History Club lead our Remembrance Day Assembly last week in the Preparatory School.

They began by explaining why services of remembrance are held at this time of year and the significance of poppies as a symbol. The girls also reminded us that any wars, past or present, make us sad but that Remembrance Day is also a time of hope, the hope of a more peaceful world for everyone.

We were reminded that it is 100 years since WWI, the Great War, ended and that we have been commemorating this centenary over the last four years in various ways.  
In 2014 girls from Prep produced some Poppy Art work that was displayed in the Botanical Gardens’ ‘Draw to Remember’ exhibition. They also met Mike Kennedy who brought to school artefacts used by soldiers and Year 3 attended a ‘Tunes from the Trenches’ production.

2015 brought a visit from the ‘Stringcredibles’ to EHS who told the story of WWI through pictures, music and speeches. The older girls in Prep were welcomed to a special assembly in Senior School and visited their commemorative exhibition where Senior pupils gave them a tour and extended their general knowledge of this period in History.
In following years, the focus was on works of literature about wartime. A variety of books was available for girls to borrow with the most popular titles being ‘Archie’s War’ and ‘The Amazing Tale of Pasha Ali’.  We were also delighted to find out how a real bear cub, called Winnie, bought by a man originally from Birmingham, became the inspiration for the well-known character Winnie the Pooh. This true story was presented in assembly.

This year, as we mark the end of the Great War, all girls in Prep made a poppy to display on our 100 figures.

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