As part of the School’s commemoration of the centenary of the end of World War I, and remembering all those who have fought for our country in past and recent wars, we held a Remembrance Service in the Senior School assembly this morning.
Pupils and staff wore poppies and badges commemorating someone connected to their family from that time, whether a relative who died in the Great War or someone who came back from the War and had to build a new life.
Over the last few weeks the School community has made felted poppies in the Textiles Department and created a display across the stage in the Richards Hall. Today, Upper III girls wrote Remembrance poems in the library and hung them on the Remembrance tree.
On 14 and 21 November, a special exhibition organised by the Art Department, will be held in the recently renovated Turret House Gallery. It will showcase a range of disciplines including photography, print making and painting. Entrance is free of charge.
Maya, great granddaughter of Trooper Arthur Andrews, who was pulled to safety by Trooper Potts at Gallipoli in 1915, is currently in the Sixth Form at The Abbey. She visited the Gallery this week to view some of the wartime memorabilia on display.
Also on display in the Turret Museum and the Hardcastle Hall is a showcase of matchboxes designed by Upper IV historians after their whole year educational visit to the Ypres battlefields. These reflect their thoughts about the First World War and the experiences of the men who took part in it. The prize for the winners was a copy of 'Love letters of the First World War' by Mandy Kirkby, a collection of letters sent to loved ones by soldiers serving on the Western Front.