Songs, stories and silence marked an Armistice Day commemoration at a Halesowen school this week (11 November).
St Margaret’s of Hasbury Church of England Primary School in Halesowen held a special service to mark the 100th anniversary of the first Armistice Day commemoration.
The school hosts the commemoration service every year in St Margaret’s church, with a range of songs and readings selected by the children.
During the service, a long list of the names of ex-pupils of the school, who had fallen in a range of conflicts from the First World War was read out. The children laid wreaths and memorial poppies were on the altar steps to remember fallen former pupils.
The service which was given by Father Rob Hall was also attended by Les Marsh, a 95 year-old veteran who was guest of honour at the event.
Sara Shepherd, headteacher at St Margaret’s of Hasbury Primary School, said:
The children have been absolutely brilliant. They put a lot of thought into what they wanted in the service, and then the confidence with which they delivered their individual contributions was excellent.”
Allan Gilhooley, chair of governors at the school, said:
“It was a privilege to be able to attend this service, which was planned and then delivered by the children.
It is very important for schools to give young people the opportunity to show their respect for all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country. The attendance of Mr Marsh, and ex-pupils made the occasion very special.”