St John’s on-the-Hill pupils joined together for an incredibly moving Remembrance Service on Monday 11th November.
The whole school met in the Singleton Hall for a special service where they sang hymns and listened to readings from the prefects. Katie Rayner and Harry Baker (Head Girl and Head Boy) read In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, and Cai Couchman and Isabelle Eaves (Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl) read passage John 15: 9-17 from the Bible.
Major Ben Hammond, Officer Commanding C Company, 1st Battalion, The Rifles, spoke poignantly about the importance of remembering the servicemen and women, and the civilians lost at war. He spoke personally about those he knew well, before they had lost their lives at young ages in conflicts across the globe.
At 11am the children proceeded to the front of the main school building for prayers led by the Reverend David Treharne, Vicar of Tidenham Parish. As they stood together in front of a sea of more than 450 ceramic poppies made in their art lessons, the children were reminded of the significance of remembering when the armistice was signed on the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month.
They observed a two-minute silence before The Last Post was played on the trumpet by Mr Philippe Schartz.
Ruth Frett, Head of St John’s on-the-Hill School, said: “The children behaved impeccably as we remembered the brave men and women in the armed forces who have, and continue to sacrifice so much for our freedom. It was wonderful to be joined by so many parents and friends of the school.”