9 November 2018

This week saw a range of events at Abingdon Prep to commemorate Remembrance Day.

On Thursday the boys in 5S delivered the assembly. As well as marking the hundredth anniversary of the end of World War 1, and drawing attention to those who have given their lives in conflict then and since, they also gave some examples of how the war changed the way people thought and lived, especially in the arts. Reference was made to how the music of Ralph Vaughan-Williams became more lamentful, the art of Paul Nash starker and darker, and the poetry of writers such as Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Edmund Blunden and Laurence Binyon more evocative, inspired by the horrors which they had witnessed at the front.

This was followed by a specially arranged poetry recital, where boys in Year 8 read poems which they had composed in their English lessons on the theme of the First World War and which were inspired by a range of poets.

On Friday, everyone at Abingdon Prep gathered in the hall just before 11am for a short Remembrance Ceremony. We remembered those who have served, and those still serving. Craig read from Laurence Binyon's poem For the Fallen then the 2-minutes silence was observed respectfully, with Ruari, in Year 8, playing the Last Post to signpost the occasion.

Thank you to all the boys and parents who contributed to our Poppy Appeal, to our informative display linking these events to our own families, and to Katie, Sherrey and those pupils who helped to build the striking display of cascading poppies. Our 'Field of Poppies' also gradually filled up as pupils planted their poppies after the service.

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