Representatives from the Royal British Legion joined us for our annual Remembrance Service today. Poems and readings were shared by members of Taruca Class and Mrs O’Dell from the Royal British Legion talked about the origins of the poppy we wear today. Her poem ‘In Praise of Poppies’ was a poignant reminder of its significance.
Shortly before 11.00 am everyone gathered around a display of poppy art in the grounds of the school. During the one minute silence that followed, those who had fallen were remembered, the flag was lowered by Mr Knightall and the last post sounded.
Mrs Knightall’s kind donation of poppy bracelets were then distributed to pupils.
In Paise Of Poppies
A small and simple flower,
Some folk call them weeds,
But it holds a secret history,
Inside the tiny seeds.
It flowered on the battlefield,
And knew the death and pain,
Their seeds took root in soldiers’ blood,
Their blooms a blood red stain.
It doesn’t have the beauty,
Of a sweetly scented rose,
Or the elegance of the lily,
Yet everybody knows,
Just what this simple flower means,
It’s worn on many a heart,
A symbol of remembrance,
For the men who played their part.
So now in praise of Poppies,
As their blood red petals fall,
Give thanks to those who fought for peace,
Those men who gave their all.