This morning, Mrs Kettlety, Director of Music at The Paragon, delivered a poignant assembly ahead of Armistice Day this Sunday.
World War One was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, and we learned that over 16 million people died in combat and from diseases caused by the war. Boys as young as 12 years of age - such as Sidney Lewis had no idea what the conditions of this war would be like, they lied about their age as they wanted to serve their country. Sidney fought on the front at the Somme for 6 weeks before his mother sent his birth certificate to the War Office and he was sent home.
The Priordonnas choir joined us to sing a song, written by one of their members about a mother's perspective of her son going off to war, called 'Band of Brothers', and our children's choir Joyful Noise sang 'Only Remembered' from Michael Morpurgo's Warhorse. Mr Bond, a father of Cressida and Jessica at The Paragon is an ex-Royal Marine and he read 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae to the school, which was followed by Mrs Mason playing The Last Post and a minutes silence.
Today, many activities and lessons around school will be based on this important anniversary.