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18th November 20
One of The Gower School’s most valued traditions is attending the Remembrance Sunday parade and wreath laying ceremony at Islington Green War Memorial every November.
Under normal circumstances, our Form Six children would join the Islington mayor, the armed forces, local residents and community groups to honour those who lost their lives in World Wars I and II, and more than 70 other conflicts. For our Head Boy and Head Girl, the day is particularly special, as they have the responsibility of laying a wreath from The Gower School at the war memorial during the ceremony.
Sadly, due to coronavirus restrictions, the Remembrance Sunday parade and service could not take place this year. Although we were disappointed that this year’s Form Six group would not be able to attend an event of this scale, our Principal, Miss Emma Gowers, arranged an alternative service for Armistice Day.
On the morning of Wednesday 11th November, Miss Gowers and Ms Williams took the Form Six bubble to Islington Green War Memorial for a socially-distanced ceremony.
They began by singing a verse of the National Anthem. This was followed by a short talk from Miss Williams about World Wars I and II, which the children are currently studying. The group then observed a two-minute silence to remember all those who have lost their lives in wars.
Once our Head Boy and Head Girl laid a beautiful poppy wreath made by our Forms One and Two children, the morning concluded with verses from the Laurence Binyon poem, ‘For the Fallen’.
Throughout the ceremony, Miss Gowers was impressed by how well-behaved the children were as they paid their respects. Their exemplary conduct was even noticed by a member of the public, who remarked that the children were a credit to our school.
We are grateful that we could continue an important TGS tradition, and give our children the opportunity to mark Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day – all while adhering to the necessary social distancing precautions. For more photos from the service, please visit our Facebook page.