the weekly newsletter from Dr Ruth Weeks, Headmistress
EHS Remembers Armistice Day
13 November 2015
On Wednesday this week, staff and students at Edgbaston High School, marked the second year of the Great War centenary with a special Armistice Day assembly. The school gathered together to participate in a formal act of remembrance whilst also gaining a deeper insight into the soldiers' experience of the Great War. Following a haunting performance of John Williams' 'Remembrances' by Jody Smith, the girls were introduced to the significance of 11 November and the importance of the armistice in ending five years of hostilities. They also heard about the unimaginable cost of one of the deadliest wars in human history, resulting in a total number of military and civilian casualties in excess of 37 million.
The reality of life in the trenches was brought to life through readings of letters soldiers sent home from the Western Front as well as by a reading of Wilfred Owen's Strange Meeting. The school heard the poignant yet tragic story of Private William Martin, who served with the Devonshire Regiment and was killed in battle in 1917, before listening to the last letter his fiancée sent to him. The important role played by women in the war was by no means neglected and the wide range of jobs they carried out, often in very dangerous circumstances, was reviewed.
The assembly concluded with a moment of reflection during which the school heard the Last Post, performed beautifully by Harriet Woodward on trumpet, followed by the words of Laurence Binyon's poem For the Fallen. Proceedings were rounded off with a beautiful performance of Bob Chilcott's Remember Me by the school's Chamber Choir. The girls invested a great deal of time and effort in the preparation of the assembly and created a truly memorable experience for the whole school community.
Mr. B. Smith
Head of History