Yesterday the entire school gathered together for the Fyling Hall Remembrance Service and 2 minute silence to honour and respect those from all around the world who have lost their lives in conflict. Pausing for our two minute silence is carrying out a tradition that has lasted for over 100 years. This tradition is there to help us to remember, to pause and think, and to learn the lessons from the past.
Headmaster Mr Allen explained, “It is important we come together as a school community to observe a silence to show we continue to remember, honour and give thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Young people remembering and being educated about this sacrifice is a crucial part of trying learn lessons from the past to help us make better decisions in the future.”
Our community at Fyling Hall School has a long history with the Armed Forces. Past pupils and families have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and future. Remembrance is mark of respect and gratitude to all of those who have lost their lives in conflict.
As well as the service and silence, students last week wrote messages on poppies that were displayed around the school and wore poppies on their blazers. The history department adapted their displays in keeping with the occasion. “As is our custom in the History Department, one of our display walls remains plain and subdued, to reflect the sombre nature of this month of November.” said Mrs. Harrington.
Grant peace, across our strife-torn world,
Where war divides and greed and dogma drive.
Help us to learn the lessons from the past,
That all are human and all pay the price.
All life is dear and should be treated so;
Joined, not divided, is the way to go.
Protect, all who, on our behalf,
Now take the steps that place them in harm’s way.
May they find courage for each task they face
By knowing they are in our thoughts always.
Then, duty done and missions at an end,
Return them safe to family and friends.
Grant rest, to those no longer with us;
Who died protecting us and this their land.
Bring healing, Lord, to those who, through their service,
Bear conflict’s scars on body or in mind.
With those who mourn support and comfort share.
Give strength to those who for hurt loved-one’s care.
And some there be who no memorial have;
Who perished are as though they’d never been.
For our tomorrows their today they gave,
And simply asked that in our hearts they’d live.
We heed their call and pledge ourselves again,
At dusk and dawn – we will remember them!