Junior School pupils reflect on Remembrance | Portsmouth High School

Junior School pupils reflect on Remembrance

There is something particularly powerful about children reflecting upon the suffering of others. When they think and write about war it never fails to move me and this year was no exception.

Two separate occasions brought this home as our year 6 girls explained the meaning of Remembrance. Last Friday saw them lead an assembly where they spoke frankly about why we observe the two minute silence and attend services across the country. The assembly was punctuated by a masterful Last Post played in duet by a Year 9 and a Year 6 pupil.

On Sunday I attended the Salvation Army Citadel for their Service of Remembrance. Six of our girls read their own poetry and such was the power of their words that the master of ceremonies found it difficult to speak for long

moments afterwards. Credit goes to the girls and to the English teachers who have helped them to produce such quality and emotional work.

Some very different events took place this week which gave girls opportunities in a range of areas. On Thursday our under 11 team performed well at the GDST netball rally in Oxford against teams from across the Trust. The same day saw our girls sing at the turning on of the Christmas lights in Southsea with Mrs Hill. Then on Friday the girls helped the PSA to raise money for Children in Need throughout the day. The school has been a busy and entertaining place to be all week.