November is the Month of the Holy Souls. Our school’s Book of Remembrance, which lists the names of pupils and staff who have died, lies open in the School Chapel throughout the month as a constant reminder of all the deceased who studied or were employed in our school.
Services to remember the deceased members of our community, members of the armed forces and all those who have died in armed conflict, take place in school every year at this time of remembrance. Today the names of deceased pupils and staff were read aloud by Kate McDermott, Head Girl, Joseph Grindrod, Head Boy, and their deputies Ruby Joseph and Benjamin Boam. All the deceased members of our families and community were remembered in the prayers of the entire school. May they rest in peace.
During the services pupils and staff said traditional prayers for the dead, including the De Profundis, and sang hymns led by our school orchestra and choir. Trumpeter Sebastian Rea, Year 11, played The Last Post. Year 10 pupils Pupils Oracene Drovi and Khushi Seegoolam and former pupils Daniel Clement and Frankie Ryan-Casey performed The Green Fields of France. Caitlin Pigot and Edward Navarro, Year 9, devised and led a reflection on our pupils’ recent visit to the battlefields of the First World War in France and Belgium, including a visit to the Menin Gate. The photograph shows Alistair Henderson and Alice Hobson, Year 9, standing alongside the ceremonial buglers and in front of the memorial which bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known. The behaviour of all our pupils during the solemn services was exemplary throughout.
Lord, how long
Shall Satan in high places lead the blind
To battle for the passions of the strong?
Oh, touch Thy children's hearts, that they may know
Hate their most hateful, pride their deadliest foe.