Earlier this morning Bournside held its remembrance service, with all staff and students coming together to mark Armistice Day.
Allan Foulds, head teacher, opened the service and introduced Megan Brown, our Head Girl, to deliver her wonderful speech:
Today we are here to show two things.
Firstly, respect. Respect for the millions of people who have given their lives in war so we can enjoy freedom. Respect for those who continue to fight for us today in conflicts throughout the world. Respect for those who have suffered as a result of war. Today we hold two minutes of silence to show respect for those who sacrificed so much for us.
Secondly, we are here to show pride. Pride in people from Cheltenham and Bournside who have served their country with honour. Pride in what people have done for us and our country, some not even born here. For example, Canadian Army Doctor John McCrae who had written a poem in 1915 titled ‘In Flanders Fields’, after seeing poppies growing near the graves of his friends. This is a reason why poppies have been used as a symbol of remembrance for nearly 100 years. Bournside has come together today to demonstrate our pride, showing we will not forget those who have given their lives for us.
Matthew Witcomb, our Head Boy, then read out John McCrae’s poem which was followed up by our KS3 brass musicians Josh Cross, David Southam, Ella Hart and Thomas Agombar who played The Last Post. Bournside then marked their respects by observing the two minute silence, before our brass musicians returned to play the Rouse. The service was then closed by our Assistant Head Boy and Girl, Sam Lomax and Abigail Herbert, with an extract from ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon in 1914.
We will remember them.