Yesterday, we held our Remembrance Service in school and we will also observe a minute’s silence at 11am on Friday. Each year we try to find a different way to help our young children understand and appreciate the sacrifices made by so many in order to keep our country safe. We do our best to do this in a way that doesn’t scare the children but does increase their understanding of both war, peace and the responsibility we all have as members of society to live in harmony.
This year we invited Mrs Peel (Grandma Una) to talk to the children about her experiences of World War 2. Grandma Una is a regular volunteer at Newsham Primary School and a dearly loved member of our school family. The children and staff listened in complete silence as Grandma Una told us about members of her family who went to serve in World War 2 and the effect of the war on Blyth. She showed them photos, war medals and they listened to the song “You are always in my heart” that her husband had requested to be played on the radio for her during his absence. By the end of the song there were tears rolling down the faces of numerous members of staff and it was clear that this service had touched everyone’s hearts. I know we have a very large and busy school and we are always working as hard as we can to make sure the children are achieving their maximum academic potential. That said, I really believe that it is also our duty to help to create reflective and responsible citizens of the future and today’s service helped that process.
Many thanks to Grandma Una for her contribution (it can be a little daunting talking in front of hundreds of children!) and once again, I’m really proud to be Headteacher of such a special school with such wonderful staff and children.