Pupils took part in a Remembrance Day assembly at the school where they remembered all those who have died in war.
The assembly, which was prepared and lead by the pupils, was designed to encourage pupils to learn about Remembrance Day and to help them understand the importance of remembering the brave men and women who died in the First World War, the Second World War and all other wars.
The pupils took part in a very moving liturgy that told the real life stories of individual soldiers who had died in conflict. Pupils, Leigh Ann Coley and Sandra Anyaeriuba read out poems that they had written that had been inspired by their recent school visit to the battlefields.
Prayers were offered for all those affected by conflicts of the past and present.
The assembly ended with pupils standing in respectful silence whilst a recording of The Last Post was played.
“As a school, we are committed to helping young people understand the issues of Remembrance, conflict and the importance of peace,” explainedMrs Lisa Baillie, Assistant Headteacher at Saint Paul’s. “There are poppies throughout the school. The poppies show we remember. We remember a war that began over a hundred years ago. We remember people caught up in other wars, all over the world. We remember that good can come out of bad and enemies can become friends.”
Mrs Alison McGarr, Head of RE, added: “The assembly reinforced our remembrance showing that we have not forgotten what happened long ago, to people in our own and other people's families. There wasn’t a dry eye in the assembly, Remembrance Day is a time to be sad, but it is also a time of hope. The hope of a better, more peaceful world for everyone.”
It was a beautiful and poignant assembly commemorating those who gave their lives in war,” said Miss Tina Wilkinson, Deputy Headteacher. “It was a time to think about and remember with thanks those who have given their lives in sacrifice so that we can live in a more secure world.”