To commemorate the centenary of the end of the first World War and Armistice Day, children at Orton Church of England Primary School took part in a special Remembrance Assembly. Pupils were joined by staff, parents and members of the wider Orton community in an emotional and poignant morning in a variety of poetry, storytelling, prayer, song and dance.
Class 4 began proceedings with their interpretation of WW1 through a creative dance performance. The children told the story of War and its impact on a local level in a meaningful and connective way. Following this, two Year 6 pupils recited poems which they wrote especially for the centenary events. The two poems equally matched the famous John McCain poem ‘In Flanders’s Fields,’ and the story of ‘Where The Poppies Now Grow’ that transported those in attendance to the tragic events in our past.
To conclude the special assembly, pupils throughout the school stood in silence at 11.11am and followed this by laying wreaths which they had created in Art. We Will Remember and Peace Perfect Peace were sung and accompanied by pupils learning to play flute and then everyone was treated to a limited edition Peace Baby (Jelly Baby) that were produced to mark the end of WW1.
Once assembly came to a close, staff, pupils and parents made the short journey outside to release their 100 Floating Poppies into the stream. The bright vivid display of red sporadically dotted along the water, travelling a short distance downstream before getting retrieving them out again provided an uplifting conclusion to Orton Remembrance morning.
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