Service of Remembrance Recalls Passchendaele

Bolton School Girls' Division | 13 Nov 2017 | ISC Icon GSA Icon
Pupils at Bolton School Girls' Division commemorated the sacrifices made by those who have died in conflict, and in particular the lives lost at Passchendaele, in their Service of Remembrance.
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Seren Davies reading ‘Death Shall Have No Dominion’ by Dylan Thomas

Bolton School Girls’ Division came together to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict in a Service of Remembrance. They were joined by Old Girls who returned to the School for this solemn occasion.

In particular, Headmistress Sue Hincks commemorated the soldiers who fought and died at Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres. This was particularly poignant because the battle ended on 10 November 1917, and the School’s Service of Remembrance took place on the 100th anniversary of this date. Miss Hincks reminded the School of the terrible conditions at Ypres: a combination of shelling and the worst rain for 30 years turned the battlefield into deadly, sinking mud and a third of a million Allied troops were killed. Among them was Hedd Wyn, the Welsh poet who won the Bard’s Chair at the 1917 Eisteddfod, but was unable to claim his prize as he had been killed six weeks earlier on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele. Miss Hincks read Hedd Wyn’s poem ‘Rhyfel’ (War), in English.

The assembly continued with further poetry readings and hymns. Seren Davies read ‘Death Shall Have No Dominion’ by Dylan Thomas, another Welsh poet. This was followed by the hymn ‘I Vow To Thee My Country’. The poem ‘Early March’ by Norman Nicholson was read by Aiman Ibrahim, and Eleanor Haughton read ‘The Falling Leaves’ by Margaret Postgate Cole.

Miss Hincks then recited the traditional lines from the ‘Ode to Remembrance’, after which the Great Hall fell silent for two minutes of reflection and remembrance at 11 o’clock. The silence was framed by The Last Post and The Rouse, played by Ellen Bate.

The Accidentals gave a touching performance of ‘Abide With Me’. This was followed by the prayers, which were led by Miss Hincks and commemorated not only those who died in the two World Wars, but all those affected by or killed in conflict.

Finally, Sameera Mohammed reminded everyone why the poppy is used as a symbol of remembrance with a reading of ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McRae. The assembly ended with the singing of Jerusalem. The Old Girls and Prefects processed out to Elgar’s ‘Nimrod’ played on the organ.

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Photo: Eleanor Haughton reading ‘The Falling Leaves’ by Margaret Postgate Cole
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Photo: The Accidentals performing ‘Abide With Me’
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Photo: Aiman Ibrahim reading ‘Early March’ by Norman Nicholson
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Photo: Ellen Bate playing The Last Post
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Photo: Sameera Mohammed reading ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McRae

About Bolton School Girls' Division

At Bolton School we help every girl discover her unique talents and strengths. Our staff are committed to developing in each girl the love of learning, creative independence and academic self discipline which will enable her to achieve excellent examination results. Our aim is to inspire in our girls the attributes, skills and values which will enable them to make informed choices, become responsible and principled citizens, enjoy successful careers and achieve personal fulfilment.

We understand that the best learning takes place when girls feel cherished, understood and secure. In our friendly and respectful, single sex environment, girls of all ages and backgrounds are free to relax and enjoy each other's company without feeling self conscious. They forge strong friendships to support and sustain them throughout their lives. They also have the opportunity to get to know members of the Boys’ Division through participation in extra-curricular activities alongside them.

Girls at Bolton School recognise how lucky they are to enjoy all the advantages of a supportive and inspirational educational environment with its superb facilities and exceptional range of extra-curricular activities; they value the importance of ‘giving back’ through participation in community action programmes, locally, nationally and abroad.

The best way to appreciate our school, is to visit us. The girls are terrific ambassadors and would love to show you their magical, uplifting surroundings as well as talk to you about the exceptional range of opportunities offered to them.

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