Belhaven Hill marked Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday with two special services.
On Friday 11th November the entire School community gathered for a short service of Remembrance marking the 11th hour of the 11th day or the 11th month. With a hymn the National Anthem and a piece sung by the Choristers and the Act of Remembrance, last post and 2 minutes silence, it marked well this special time.
The service on Remembrance Sunday was very special indeed. Extremely well attended by parents and superbly observed by every single pupil.
Everyone gathered in front of school on the car park. The Choristers processed in past the Drum Altar to start the service with a new composition of 'We Will Remember Them'. The Choristers singing the traditional words of the poem 'They Shall Grow Not Old' with the Last Post melody interspersed on the Violin.
After the opening hymn of I vow to thee my Country, during which our Drum Sergeant completed the Drum Altar by placing on it his drum, the Flanders Field Poem and Remembrance reading. They were read and the Choristers sang a short piece of reflection.
The main Act of Remembrance was very moving, with Head Boy and Head Girl reading all the names of the past pupils who lost their lives in the Second World War. Four wreaths were laid at the Drum Altar, which was placed on the top of the main steps.
The last post was played immaculately by a solo Piper before the two minutes silence, which was broken with the Pipe Major playing Amazing Grace as he disappeared into the distance. More than one tear was shed.
The Choristers then sang Requiem. A special arrangement of the famous Schlinder's list melody.
The service concluded with the hymn Abide with Me. Once again the Last Post was interspersed with the hymn tune. After the National Anthem, the Choristers processed up the steps, followed by all pupils, as Nimrod (Elgar) was performed for Violin and organ.
A very emotional and moving service was over.
May our pupils continue with this annual Remembrance when they are adults, and always mark this special National occasion for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM