During assemblies this week, the centenary of the end of World War One has been a theme and the symbolism of the poppy has been discussed in tutor time. The school community of some 1700 staff and students gathered on Friday 9th November to mark the centenary of the Armistice. The poem “In Flanders Field” was read by a Amber Kirwan, Upper Sixth student and the Last Post played, very poignantly, by Petra Ndukwe, Year 8, which was then followed by 2 minutes of silence. The poem is particularly meaningful for all students who went to Ebblinghem, as this poem is read in the commonwealth cemeteries by a student as they pay their respects to all those who lost their lives in World War I.
As we do every year, on Sunday 11th November, a representative from the school will read at the local Church Service and lay a wreath.
On Wednesday 14th November at 3.45pm there will be a free showing of “They Shall not Grow Old”. This film is currently being shown in cinemas and contains original footage which has been ‘colourised’. There is an open invitation to all members of the local community to attend.
In addition to all the commemorative events this week, every member of Year 7 student who goes to Ebblinghem in Northern France visit the WWI cemeteries in Belgium and the museum where they see the reality of trench life for the soldiers and attend the evening service at the Menin Gate where representatives from each group lay a wreath of poppies on behalf of the school.