This morning was our Remembrance Day service and, once again, I think we as a community did the memory of those who have served us proud. It is sometimes a hard balance to strike. We want to be respectful and honour the memory of those who have served, but without glorifying armed conflict or, indeed, being too mawkish. Many pupils were involved in the service and, poignantly, our Head Girl Charlotte read an excerpt from a letter from the trenches written by her Great-Grandfather. Our very own Bursar, Tom Kerrigan (ex Royal Scots Dragoon Guards), spoke to us and gave a simple yet powerful message which was very well received by the pupils and adults alike. Once again, we were delighted to welcome Jenny Whitaker who played the Last Post and Reveille fabulously on her trumpet. And then we went back to the classroom and got on with a day's work. Sometimes this seems like a huge anticlimax but it is exactly what we should do: we pause, honour the sacrifice and memory and then get on with our lives.
‘When you go home, tell them of us and say: For their tomorrow, we gave our today’.
John Maxwell Edmonds
John F Gilmour