Sunday Times Prep School of the Year 2013-14

WW1 Remembered

On Monday Mrs Jackson's class delivered a very thought-provoking assembly as they reminded us that Saturday 28th.June 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, which led to the outbreak of the First World War. 

 It is incomprehensible to imagine our lives today, without the sacrifice millions of brave men and women made when they joined the war effort and fought for peace. We strive to be peace-makers in our times and hopefully will never have to witness such terror and hardship that the period 1914-18 brought with it. Some of grandfathers, great-grandfathers and even great, great-grandfathers may have memories or experiences of WW1 as it was the first time the world had been plunged into such troubles in the modern era. Many local towns and villages in Surrey saw their demographic change as men, young and old, went off to fight leaving the women to join the work force helping in many ways and shifting social and class boundaries in ways previously unimaginable, laying down a legacy for how we live now.

We all enjoyed singing together some of the popular war time tunes such as 'It's a Long Way to Tipperary' and, 'Keep the Home Fires Burning', but we were silenced when Mathilde (Y5P) played 'The Last Post' on her trumpet with every note resounding splendidly around the Hall and filling up the space. She played unaccompanied, was note perfect, and really sent chills up and down our spine. She went on to lead Mr Stott's Brass Group playing 'The Great Escape' which sent us on our way with a spring in our step and the message ringing loud and clear; thank you Mathilde and all the girls who performed beautifully.