Remembrance Day 2021

Friday 12 November 2021

Ark Byron Commemorates Remembrance Day 2021

Today, Ark Byron joined other schools in the Ark network to honour those who served to defend our democratic freedoms and way of life.

Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day, marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918.

Each Ark school held an assembly that included a two-minute silence to remember the people who had died in wars. They featured reflections on remembrance, a prayer by a Muslim faith leader, and ‘The Last Post’ performance by a student from Isaac Newton Academy.

At the #ArkRemembers assembly, teachers spoke about the people who gave their lives to protect the values of liberty, democracy, respect, tolerance, and the rule of law. They also talked about people from all ethnicities who have made sacrifices for future generations.

 

Mr Smith reflected: “Remembrance is a deeply personal thing and it was lovely encouraging children to connect with past generations in their own families and to highlight diverse narratives. We remember the sacrifices made by so many, from so many faiths and countries, to safeguard the freedoms that we enjoy today. #ArkRemembers has connected our schools in one moment to observe this important day."

Adam in Year 5 told us “I was thinking about the soldiers that sacrificed themselves for us to live the way we do right now.  I feel grateful to all those who served, not only the white soldiers, but also the black and Indian soldiers and to the Muslims who fought.”

Nina in Year 3 had a very personal response: “I thought about my Great Grandma and Grandpa because they were both in the army.  My dad told me they were very successful and I’m proud of them.”