Lest We Forget

This year marks one hundred and one years since the end of the First World War in 1918. It is also eighty years since the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939.

Next year, the Early May Bank Holiday will be on Friday 8th May to coincide with the commemorations of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe in 1945.

Every year, we sell poppies in school to help raise money for the Royal British Legion to support people who have been injured in conflict round the world.

The three poppies in the image above represent the traditional red poppy for remembrance, the white poppy represents remembrance for all victims of war, a commitment to peace and a challenge to attempts to celebrate war; the purple poppy is a symbol of remembrance for all the animals that have died in conflicts around the world.

This year, we will be marking Remembrance Day on Monday 11th November. This year, we are inviting all pupils to dress for remembrance and donate a suggested amount of £1 towards the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Many of our pupils belong to organisations such as Scouts, Cubs and Beavers; Girl Guides and Brownies, Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade, and others. If you want to wear your uniform for your organisation, we would love to see as many of the uniforms as possible.

If anyone has any commemorative service medals that were awarded to parents, grandparents or great grandparents, WITH YOUR FAMILY’S PERMISSION, you could bring these to school to show to others in your class. (Class teachers will keep items safely stored throughout the day and set aside a special time during the day when the items can be shown to the rest of the class.)

Wear red, white or purple to represent one of the poppy colours in the image at the top of the page.

THIS IS NOT A STANDARD NON-UNIFORM DAY. WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE SPORTS TOPS, JEANS OR DESIGNER CLOTHES WITH LOGOS. ANYTHING PLAIN THAT IS RED, WHITE OR PURPLE IS ACCEPTABLE. WE WANT EVERYONE TO BE AS RESPECTFUL AS POSSIBLE IN THIS ACT OF REMEMBRANCE.

As is the custom at St Matthew’s, we will be observing a two-minute silence at 11.00am on Monday 11th November.

For further information about the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, click here.

For further information about the Peace Pledge Union White Poppy Appeal, click here.

For further information about the War Horse Memorial Purple Poppy Appeal, click here.

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