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Remembrance Day 2020

On Wednesday 11th of November, Testbourne Community School held its Remembrance and Armistice Day assembly in order to commemorate those who had fallen in conflict.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made things more challenging this year, for sure, but we were determined that we still pay our respects and uphold our tradition as safely as we could.

A virtual assembly was broadcast to all Year groups during their tutor time.

Narrated by Dr Hall, this assembly explored the experiences of war through the eyes of loved ones as well as the soldiers on the front line.  Personal letters from soldiers to their sweethearts were interwoven with the stories of Rudyard Kipling’s son and Vera Brittain’s fiancé, both Kipling and Brittain went on to write poems ‘My Boy Jack’, which was read by Henry Furze and ‘Perhaps’, read by Ffion Timmins.

Juliette Rivans sang the hauntingly beautiful ‘No Need to Say Goodbye’ before Dr Hall shared the story of his great-great uncle. Mrs Gray and Mrs Harper drew the assembly to a close with a reading of Brooke’s ‘The Soldier’ and McCrae’s ‘In Flanders Field’.

The two-minute silence was held at 11 am with Years 7, 9 and 10 observing this in their classrooms as Year 8 and 11 (who were on their staggered break) stood silent outside. From the playground, as three Year 11 cadets lowered their standards, Edward Rarok played ‘The Last Post’ and Dr Hall read the famous lines from Binyon’s ‘For the Fallen’

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.



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