13th November 23
Each November The Gower School raises funds for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
At our Primary school, children elected to School Council sold poppies outside the school gates each morning. Lower School children sewed felt poppies to sell in addition to the paper poppies and other goods provided by the Royal British Legion. No matter the rainy Autumn weather, children stood outside the school gates each morning to fundraise. These hand sewn poppies were also used to create the school wreath which our Head Boy and Head Girl laid on the war memorial during the Islington’s Remembrance Sunday services.
At both our Nursery and Primary school, children engaged with several art activities surrounding the holiday. Nursery children created crafts which supported their early learning, such as painting jars and cutting tissue flowers with safety scissors. Our Primary-aged children created lots of artwork during their regular art lessons, using charcoal, chalk and oil pastels to bring some vivid pieces to life.
We thank everyone who purchased a poppy or a piece of art in support of such an important organisation.
On Thursday 9th November, Principal Emma Gowers invited Form 6 children to Islington Green War Memorial to take part in a private ceremony to mark Remembrance Day. The programme included the singing of the National Anthem, the observing of two minutes of silence, listening to a recording of ‘The Last Post’, and finally, a reading of the third and fourth stanzas of the poem ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon. Miss Gowers was impressed by the respectful behaviour of all the children during our ceremony, and thanked them for taking part in this important event.
The ceremonies continues over the weekend, when on Sunday 12th November the Forms 6 children and joined the Mayor of Islington, MPs, the armed forces community and local residents to honour those who lost their lives in World Wars I and II, and all subsequent wars in the official ceremony on Islington Green.