And finally...

This week in my assembly I have been speaking about our preparations for this coming Wednesday - Armistice Day. I was lucky enough to visit Amsterdam during half-term with my family and we visited the Anne Frank Museum one afternoon and I have been using this visit as the back drop for answering the question, “Who might we remember?”

It is less than a hundred years since World War II and we are so lucky to have lived through such a long period of peace in Western Europe that it is easy to forget how strong a grip hatred and violence had taken hold of apparently sophisticated societies in the 1930s and 1940s. However, we must never forget this horrendous and shameful chapter of our history as a human race.

We should use this time of year to remember what focusing on differences and having a sense of self-importance and superiority can lead to. We would be better served looking at the fact that we are all the same – made of flesh and blood, requiring food, drink and warmth and that we will all, one day, return to the dust from which we are all made. It should be our humanity that ties us together.

On Wednesday we should remember the futility of war and the pointless loss of life that results from war.

On Wednesday at 11:00am on the 11th day of the 11th month, we will hold silence as a school and remember all those who gave their lives so we could live with the freedoms and liberties that we sometimes take for granted.

We will remember them.



Simon Lennox 

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