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Norwood School Remembers

Archie and Mia in Year 7 

Archie and Mia, both year 7 took part in assemblies all this week – across all year groups and in our special remembrance assembly this morning. Both were poised, dignified and beautifully eloquent when they read their Wilfred Owen poems - Dulce Et Decorum Est and An Anthem to Doomed Youth. ‘I believe it is the right thing to do’, said Archie, ‘to remember those who have given so much. War is not a joyful thing. If murder is illegal then why isn’t war? My father helped me learn the poem and to understand some of the phrases and meanings which I think is why it meant so much to me when I was reading it’.  ‘I agree with Archie’, said Mia, ‘ listening to the poems has really helped me understand what happened and how serious it was,  I don’t think we remember enough actually, we should remember those who have given their lives for us every day, they gave their lives and changed ours for the better’.

Mr Galea gave postcards to tutors this week too and many students have chosen to write a letter to a war veteran, a message that for this week has been hanging in the atrium alongside poppies for others to reflect upon, but in time will be sent on to those who deserve the recognition the most.  

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.