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Eccleston St Mary'sChurch of England Primary School

Remembrance

As 11th November this year marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, the whole school spent a week taking parts in various activities as our own Act of Remembrance. Hopefully, anyone walking past school would be only too aware of this as they caught sight of the fantastic displays in the Y5 and Y6 windows. Similar displays could be seen throughout school…

We started the week with a visit from Mike Turner of the Royal British Legion who told the children all about the origins of the Poppy Appeal and its continuing work today. The very same day, we were treated to a performance by the Quantum Theatre Company of ‘Your Country Needs You.’ Incorporating authentic songs and film footage from the period, along with poetry from the likes of Wilfred Owen, it told the story of the First World War in an entertaining, informative and thought-provoking way. Later in the week, Rev Tony of the Methodist Church came along on his motorbike, dressed in his bike leathers (!) to tell us all about the ‘Ride to the Wall’ – a motorbike journey shared by 400 bikers, from Knutsford Motorway Services to the National Arboretum in Staffordshire. We concluded our week with our own Service of Remembrance in school. The most poignant moment was when Y6 read the Eccleston Roll of Honour, naming individually the 26 men from Eccleston who died in the First World War. Y6 have been researching these men as part of their Local History topic and so the names held special significance for them. We were also privileged to be invited to take part in Eccleston’s official Act of Remembrance at St. Mary’s Church on Remembrance Sunday itself and our pupils were a credit to us as they planted ceramic poppies in the churchyard and lit candles in memory of the Eccleston men who fell in the two world wars.

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