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Lest We Forget – Remembrance 2017

On 10th November 2017, children in years 2 – 6 gathered in the upper hall for our annual Service of Remembrance. Mr Harts led the service, ably assisted by some year 6 children who spoke about the Poppy Appeal.
Year 2  and 3 classes had made some poppy wreaths which were received by 2nd Officer Wingrove and laid by the cross. During the service, children watched a video of the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ which was sung to music.

The children were very respectful throughout the service as they reflected on how those who are in our armed services protect our land and our peace.

Thank you to everyone who took part.

Meanwhile, Chapter 1 children held their own class observances of Remembrance.

Remembrance Sunday Parade

On Remembrance Sunday 12th November, 10 pupil representatives attended the Remembrance Parade and service in town. Braving icy winds, they marched proudly through the town and ably played their part during the service to honour the fallen men and women of Great Torrington. Stan and Lilly-Mai from Year 6 laid a commemorative wreath at the foot of the War Memorial on behalf of the school and led the other representatives in reflective silence and the singing of hymns.

An honour for them to be part of the parade and a terrific example of their role as ambassadors for Bluecoat C of E Primary.

Thank you to all who participated.

 

In Flanders Fields
BY JOHN MCCRAE

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.