On Friday 10 November, Abbot’s Hill held a Remembrance Day service. The service was led by Reverend Adrian Manning and honoured the soldiers who had lost their lives or been injured during World War One and Two, as well as other conflicts which have occurred up to the present time.
As well as prayers and hymns, there were Bible readings by the Prep School Head Girls, Evie and Maddie and Senior School Deputy Head Girl, Eve. The Two Minutes’ silence was observed, signalled by ‘The Last Post’, played by Ina in Year 10. The Chamber Choir performed a beautiful rendition of ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’ to close the service.
Year 2 made their own wreath of poppies to show the school, and shared a poem written by Olivia in Year 2:
Poppy, poppy, what do you say?
Wear me on Remembrance Day.
Poppy, poppy, what do you tell?
Many soldiers in battle who fell.
Poppy, poppy, what should we know?
That peace on earth should grow and grow.
As part of her homework, Lucinda made a field of poppies which she shared with her classmates and teachers.
In the afternoon, Year 2 walked to the local war memorial in Nash Mills near the entrance of Abbot’s Hill School. The memorial and garden were set up shortly after the end of World War II to commemorate the employees of Dickinson’s Mills across the country who had lost their lives. During their trip, pupils were able to think about the significance of Remembrance Day and what it means to them.