Farlington School marked the centenary of the end of World War One with a moving ceremony on Friday morning. The whole school and the children from Little Barn Owls Nursery came together to commemorate the armistice. Each pupil and member of staff placed a poppy, which they had made, on the grass on the turning circle before the two minutes’ silence and the sounding of the Last Post. The Head Girls, Kate Wilson and Kira Hyde, read a poem and a wreath was laid.
The event has been further marked in the classroom and assemblies, as senior school students have been remembering the soldiers of that war with connections to their families, towns and villages. 10F and 9W, led by Lucy, Olivia, Alexandra, and Candace, produced fitting memorials to some of the men who died from Rusper and Broadbridge Heath. Evie L found that Bernard Ruff, who died at just 19, had lived nearby her home, whilst Evie P found out about Ralph Frederick, an 18-year-old from Storrington who died in France in 1915. The young age of many of the men brought home to the students the terrible impact of the war. Through the Remembrance commemorations and history lessons in Year 9, students have also been discovering the worldwide impact of the war, which reflected our wide school community, from the contribution of Gurkhas and other troops from India and South Africa, to the role of women both on the Western Front and at home.
In the Prep School, every child put a poppy in place outside the Trina Mawer Hall to remind everyone of the importance of the centenary of the end of World War One. The Remembrance Assembly was led by Prep 5. Using poems and pictures they showed the importance of remembering all those who sacrificed their lives for us during wars.