Remembrance Day


In Flanders fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row

On the 11th November 1918 world leaders signed the Armistice, drawing a close to the First World War. Remembrance Day this year marks the centenary of the armistice. Commemorative events have taken place across the world for people to pay their respect to the fallen.
Over a thousand pupils, including Army Cadets, together with teachers, friends, families and local dignitaries braved a sunny but chilly day to hear a few words about the significance of Remembrance from the Head, Louise Newman. Wreathes were laid by the Mayor, Head Boy and Head Girl and the Last Post was played by Mr Hounslow before observing a minute’s silence.
The Year 7 and 8 students produced an impressive display of over 400 garden poppies, including pop­pies made of cotton to represent the Asian soldiers who fought alongside us in WWI. In addition the Art Department produced a sculpture of purple poppies in the shape of a horse’s head as a tribute to the many thousands of animals who also perished in the Great War. Displays were sent to all Griffin schools as well as the Trust’s headquarters and the remaining pieces were for sale after the ceremony to raise money for the Armistice Committee to support future events of Remembrance.