Posted on 9 November 2018 by Miss Emily Acton-Edmiston
100 years ago, World War One ended and a new world began. To mark this pivotal time in our history, a number of commemorations took place this week.
A very moving exhibition and tribute evening was held on Thursday 8 November, followed by our annual Remembrance service at Holy Trinity Church on Friday 9 November. Alongside these two events, the Junior School were honoured to be invited to the Drumhead Service at the Royal Chelsea Hospital, on Friday 9 November.
Focusing on women, the exhibition was fitting to Queen’s Gate. With many men away at war, women were given the chance to excel in roles previously inaccessible to them and subsequently great change was set in motion for females nationwide. Continuing the theme of strong women, our own Queen’s Gate Senior School girls, alongside staff, recited poetry, prose and song in an incredibly emotive two-part performance. It was lovely to bring the cast of last year’s Senior School Play, ‘Oh What A Lovely War’ back together to perform a medley of songs including, Keep The Homefires Burning and It’s A Long, Long Trail a-Winding.
The following day, the Senior School gathered for their Remembrance Day Service. Mrs Kamaryc spoke about the importance of wearing a poppy, before Head Girl Angelica Meneely recited John McCrae’s famous poem, In Flander’s Fields. During the service, the Chamber Choir performed Mozart’s Lacrimosa from Requiem in D Minor and London Military Band Member, Adam Stockbridge, played the Last Post and Reveille.
‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.’
A mile down the road, forms IA-III visited The Chelsea Pensioners for the Drumhead Service. The service harks back to the war when soldiers were often unable to attend church services. They would pile their drums up into a makeshift altar and gather around for a service, conducted by the Regimental Chaplain or Padre. Wreaths made by some of the pupils were carried down and laid in front of the statue of King Charles II before a short outdoor service. It was a privilege to be present and we thank them for their kind invitation.
Throughout the week the school as been donating to the Royal British Legion poppy appeal.