Thought For The Day – Friday 10th November 2023
The words above are from the 1914 poem “For The Fallen” by Lawrence Binyon.
Today, on our school day nearest Armistice Day, 11th November, and Remembrance Sunday, The Bishop’s Stortford High School remembers.
Period 2 will finish at 10:20 and break will follow until 10:40.
At 10:40, students will return to form rooms, to be registered, before being led to the playground, where we will respectfully assemble and congregate for our Service of Remembrance.
It is in the playground where beautiful poppies have been available in the last two weeks at TBSHS.
The symbol of the poppy, being worn at this time, is diverse, emotional, profound and meaningful beyond words. It was inspired by “In Flanders Fields”, a poem by a Canadian doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who lost a friend in Ypres, Belgium, in the First World War.
This poem inspired “The Poppy Appeal”. We have been collecting for The Royal British Legion, and will do so again for the final time this year today.
Headteacher Mr. Reeve will lead our Service of Remembrance, with wonderful contributions from students and the very moving and traditional pieces of music, symbolically used in war, very kindly organised by the Music Department, “The Last Post” and “The Rouse” or “The Reveille”, which will be sounded preceding, and concluding, the very important period of reflection and silence of two minutes.
“At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”
Today, TBSHS remembers.
We remember those who have sacrificed, served and suffered and those who still sacrifice, serve and suffer.
We remember those who suffer, and have suffered, because of conflict, terrorism, violence and war.
We remember those who serve in all capacities, including the emergency services.
We remember our environment, and those who work for peace, reconciliation and wellbeing, both inner peace and wellbeing inside us and external peace and wellbeing in the world.
We remember all who stand for equality, goodness and kindness and against bullying and all negative prejudice and discrimination.
We remember all those in need, and all who care for those in need.
We take this opportunity to remember all who have cared for, loved and inspired us, and all who continue to care for, love and inspire us.
We remember those we love, have loved and will always love.
Their care, light and love will always, always guide us. Past, present and future.
Past, present and future, we remember and we will never forget.
Every day, TBSHS remembers.
Every day in our life now, and to come, beyond TBSHS, we remember.