In honour of the past

In honour of the past

Junior School Remembrance 2018

The pupils of Exeter Junior School took part in their Service of Remembrance on Thursday 8 November. The service started with the presenting of standards from Junior School pupils in their youth organisation uniforms.

Reverend Tom welcomed the congregation to the service, reminding pupils that they were gathered to remember the dead from the two world wars of the 20th century and from more recent conflicts. In particular, he mentioned the former pupils of this school, including Trooper Jack Sadler, who gave his life in the service of his country in Afghanistan in 2007. He reminded pupils that this year is the one hundredth anniversary of the Armistice, which was signed to end the conflict in the First World War.

The choir sang ‘A Clare Benediction’ by John Rutter and we heard three poems. Lydia McLeod (U2W) read a poem which she had composed herself. ‘In Flanders Fields’ was beautifully read by Benji Cooling (U2A). We then heard ‘Everyone Sang’ by Siegfried Sassoon, read by Megan Roberts (U2W); Revd Tom told pupils that this poem was written in 1919 and that the singing may refer to the joy experienced by people after the signing of the Armistice.

The address this year was given by Fr Alex Hobbs, the curate at St. Michael’s, Heavitree, who spoke to us about the importance of remembering those who gave their lives as a sacrifice. Remembrance, he said, should also make us think about peace and how we can live more in harmony with one another.

We were grateful to Upper Sixth Former Jamie Stephenson who played “The Last Post” beautifully, while the school fell silent. We all stood to sing ‘I vow to thee my country’, after which Mrs Marks led us in prayer.

Revd Tom commended the Junior School for observing the service in a respectful manner and closed the service with a blessing.

Lest we forget.