Pupils and staff at Haileybury are remembering all those who have died in war this weekend.
More than 1,100 Haileyburians died in both of the World Wars, and more have died in other conflicts since then.
Today (Friday 10 November), staff and pupils gathered together in front of the Cross of Sacrifice war memorial on the school’s grounds for an Act of Remembrance. The memorial has the words ‘Vobis parta quies’ inscribed on it, meaning ‘you earned rest’.
There was a two minute silence, and members of the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) also did a parade. Lower School 1 (Year 7) pupil Louie Carvacho played a poignant rendition of The Last Post, which you can watch in this video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Cbq_qO-tY
Tomorrow, on Armistice Day, the school will stop Saturday morning lessons to gather together for an Act of Remembrance, which will include the reading of words by the poet Lawrence Binyon.
Afterwards, wreaths will be laid on the war memorial by the Master, Martin Collier, as well as by others from the Haileybury community.
On Remembrance Sunday, there will be a service in the school’s Chapel for pupils, families and staff. The preacher will be The Venerable Clinton Langston QHC CF, who was Deputy Chaplain General to the Armed Forces and is now Archdeacon to the Army.