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19 November 2020

We will remember them

We will remember them

The Hampshire School Chelsea’s Remembrance Service 2020

The Hampshire School Chelsea’s Remembrance Service this year marked the Centenary of the Treaty of Versailles from which emerged the League of Nations and a commitment to peace.

Deputy Head Mr McSherry’s opening message, entitled ‘What Effect Has the Past had on the Present?’ highlighted that the values of those heroic soldiers who fought for our freedom, endure to this present day; we were reminded that we have our own war of the modern era. Resilience was shown during and after the Great War when societies were presented with the reality of what had occurred - all that had been lost and sacrificed.

One may contend that the interruption of our normal life routines and the effect of shortages in the face of a global economic decline are inextricably linked to the great wars of the past. The great wars pitted one side against another but the war on Covid-19 is different - we are finally on the same side and sharing a common belief in defeating the enemy. Resilience is one of The Hampshire School Chelsea’s Core Values, and is shown in abundance by our brave ‘frontline’ workers in their pursuit of saving lives in support of the nation’s fight against the invisible enemy during this global pandemic.

The Virtual Remembrance Service included poems that poignantly linked the continuing search for peace and freedom – the very soul of our nation. Sarah Teasdale’s poem ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ adeptly read by Angela, Head Girl, and Charles, Head Boy, skilfully led us through to Maximilian’s confident rendition of ‘The Soldier’ by Rupert Brooke. Yueming’s (Year 7) sensitive and exceptionally well played piano recital of ‘Kangding Chinese Love Song (trad)’ was followed by a Remembrance Day message from  Commodore Mike Deek’s CSC RAN, Retired Agent General for Western Australia and grandfather to Josh and Jack. His message focused on the origins of Remembrance Day traditions rooted in Edward Honey’s, (an Australian WW1 Veteran who was living in London) suggestion of a national tribute which King George V approved leading to the two-minute silence that has become a notable time of reflection on the 11th of November at the 11th hour.  At our service, the whole school community took a moment to remember those men and women that have volunteered to serve their country and make the ultimate sacrifice; we also reflected on the efforts of all the armed forces and NHS workers.

Mr Deeks concluded that whether war is right or wrong, the people that fought put themselves in the face of danger to safeguard our freedoms, our values and our way of life. To respect the magnitude of their sacrifice, the choir sang, 'We Will Remember' by Mark and Helen Johnson.

For those who missed The Hampshire School Chelsea’s Remembrance Service, please click here to access the recording.

 

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