Whitehorse Manor Junior School is one of a very small number of schools in the entire country to have a war memorial on site, due to its history as a boys’ senior school at the time when the First World War broke out. This allows us the unique opportunity to hold a special Remembrance Day service at the memorial on the 11th November at 11am, where we lay a wreath, listen to readings and observe a 2 minute silence.
The service is always a very moving experience and the children show a huge amount of respect due throughout. This year, a poetry competition was undertaken to write a poem to perform during the service. The winners were Jessica George (Y4), Jiya Kumar (Y5), Nicole Guerrero (Y6) and Emanuela Osuporu (Y6). Members of the Royal British Legion joined us and Father Sean Gilbert of St Alban the Martyr led prayers of thanks.
A special mention must be said for Christine Smith, our Arts co-ordinator, who created a jaw-dropping display on our main stairwell to commemorate Remembrance Day using poppies created by children throughout the school.
It’s lovely that despite the number of years that have passed since pupils at Whitehorse Manor gave their lives during The Great War, our current Whitehorse pupils still remember their sacrifice and pay their respects.