Year 5 held our annual Remembrance Assembly on Friday 10th November, presenting us with a wealth of historical facts about why we have Remembrance Day. We heard about WWI and WWII, life in the trenches, the poem Flanders Field, The Battle of the Somme, the Cenotaph and how George V first held the two minutes silence out of respect in 1919. The children also talked about Walter Tull, who was the first black Officer to lead white British soldiers into battle and also the ongoing friendship of the families of Manta Singh and Captain Henderson. We even heard about relatives of children from Year 5 who had been in the forces and they shared black and white photographs of grandparents, great grandparents and even great, great grandparents. Mr Clements, our Chair of Governors, joined us for the assembly and he was really impressed with how hard the children had worked.
I was particularly honoured to welcome Corporal Dempster to our assembly, who is currently serving in the Royal Military Police in the army. Corporal Dempster is one of our parents here at Normandy School and he spoke to the children about his own experience in the armed forces. The children were fascinated listening to him and had lots of questions after the assembly for him.
I was extremely proud of how respectful all of the children were during the assembly. War is a very difficult concept for children to understand but they understood what the soldiers had given up to give us the freedom that we live in today.