Commemorating Armistice Day
Each year the staff and children at Barlow Hall Primary commemorate Armistice Day and we remember those who died not only in WW1 but in all wars and conflicts since.
Over the years our children have taken part in a number of different activities including our annual commemorative assembly and taking part in services of remembrance at both Southern Cemetery and Christ Church, West Didsbury. Our children also took part in a special service commemorating the centenary of the internment of the Unknown Soldier in Westminster Abbey in 2018 and once again produced commemorative artwork which is still to be found at Christ Church.
This year our year 3 and year 4 children produced their own batik poppies which were then fashioned into a wreath bearing the names of all 80 soldiers from the local area who died in WW1 to honour those who not only fought but died in service of their country.
Pupils in school have also taken part in a workshop focusing on service and sacrifice and drawing parallels with many aspect of this year's coronavirus lock downs when so many NHS staff and others also fought on the front lines of the pandemic, sacrificing their lives and helping others , where community spirit once again rose to the fore and people helped others simply because they needed help. Both during wartime and this pandemic people have shown bravery, courage and determination and whilst the poppy symbolises both Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future, during the pandemic the rainbow has also been used to demonstrate our thanks to all those who helped us and to remind us that there is hope and light to follow even after dark times.