We will remember them

Primary and Secondary pupils joined together to share a minute’s silence on 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to mark the end of the First World War and remember those who paid the price for their freedom.

Shortly before the silence Katherine Wareing read 'The Lofty Sky' by Edward Thomas.

To-day I want the sky,
The tops of the high hills,
Above the last man's house,
His hedges, and his cows,
Where, if I will, I look
Down even on sheep and rook,
And of all things that move
See buzzards only above:-
Past all trees, past furze
And thorn, where nought deters
The desire of the eye
For sky, nothing but sky.
I sicken of the woods
And all the multitudes
Of hedge-trees. They are no more
Than weeds upon this floor
Of the river of air
Leagues deep, leagues wide, where
I am like a fish that lives
In weeds and mud and gives
What's above him no thought.
I might be a tench for aught
That I can do to-day
Down on the wealden clay.
Even the tench has days
When he floats up and plays
Among the lily leaves
And sees the sky, or grieves
Not if he nothing sees:
While I, I know that trees
Under that lofty sky
Are weeds, fields mud, and I
Would arise and go far
To where the lilies are. 

Liam Callender read 'Ode of Remembrance' from 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.



As the trumpeter played 'The Last Post' the Academy fell silent and children from the Primary laid  wreaths of poppies they had made at the foot of the stairs. 



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