We were thrilled to be invited to join Rector Nicky, friends and colleagues in St Giles’ Church last week as we turned our minds to commemorate all those who sadly lost their lives or have been affected by the atrocities of Wartime.
Our Year 6 children, along with Tommy, our Perspex soldier who has joined us in school as part of the national project ‘There, but not there’, had a tremendous experience learning all about life in war times, but also considering those who lost their lives within our own community.
I don’t think any of us can quite appreciate the unimaginable extent of loss, the 888,246 men and women who gave so very much, so that we could have our future today. But, as we have gone about our business over the last couple of weeks, the sight of communities coming together, silhouettes of soldiers, of poppies literally adorning every single shop window, lamp posts and sign posts and community cenotaphs, railings and places of reflection in every single settlement throughout the land, it really has meant so much.
At Cheadle Primary all year groups have produced poppies using various medium; these have been displayed in the windows of ‘Something Special’ and also Daisy Bank House. We are taking part in lots of activities over the next few days, details of these will be shown on this page.
Workshops of peace
At St Giles Church we decorated cookies like poppies and we also made origami doves. As well as this we all wrote poems all inspired by peace. All the activities were new to us and we learned a lot about the war and Remembrance Day. We all enjoyed the activities and the people there were very nice to us.
On Friday 10th November 2017 Key Stage 2 members of the School Council, along with Mrs Bell, Mr Chandler, PCSO Bridgwood, the Head Boy and Girl and other pupils who have a special interest in the military went up to St Giles Anglican Church to lay poppies on the war graves as a mark of respect.
At each of the graves Mr Chandler, an ex-Royal Marine, read out the name, rank and regiment; the children then laid the poppy and bowed their heads whilst Mr Chandler spoke the words
We thank you for your service and the sacrifice you made.
The group observed a minute’s silence as a final mark of respect then made their way back to school.
6L did a class assembly on the 9th of November to remember the people who lost their lives in the war. School Council helped us to remember as they went to the church that morning. Everyone in 6L had a part in this assembly so we could all pay our respects.
Church service for remembrance
On the 11th day on the 11th month we visited St Giles church to commemorate the soldiers who lost their lives in the war. Cheadle Primary School choir sang ‘Light of The world’ and we lit pretend candles as we walked outside to watch our beacon be lit. As well as this we took our silhouette soldier and he was put with the other see through soldiers. We took Tommy, our silhouette soldier, down the middle aisle in the church to the front row with the other soldiers.
‘There, but not there’