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Pink Roses for Remembrance

17 June 2016

Today the school held our annual Pink Rose Day assembly which is always led by the newly elected leadership team.  This assembly has become a tradition at EHS and it is an assembly dedicated to the memory of all the members of the EHS school community whom we have lost over the years, both girls and staff.   

We always begin by listening to the poem “Roses”. This is a poem written by a former member of the school staff after pupil Claudia Burnard passed away. It describes how pupils and staff spontaneously brought in and filled the school with pink roses to commemorate her passing, as pink was Claudia's favourite colour.

This year, we heard prayers and readings taken from the five major world faiths on the subject of both grieving a loved one who has passed away as well as celebrating the life that they have lived. At EHS we have all of these faiths represented within the school and we wished to recognise our diverse community.

Music is an important part of the assembly and this year we had a cello performance from Eryna Kisumba who played “Libera Me” from Fauré’s Requiem.  We also listened to a very moving vocal performance from Bethany Lucas, Rosie Howl and Esther Simkiss who sang “The Rose”, a piece by Amanda McBroom.

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