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November 09
Grade 1's and 2's present Remembrance Day Assembly

On Thursday November 8 we held our Remembrance Day Assembly and I have to tell you that I am so very proud of the reverence, thoughtfulness and intentional work done by our grade one and two classes. We haven’t before had students in grade 1 and 2 lead the Remembrance day. I’m not sure why, perhaps we assumed that they wouldn’t understand the significance. Judging from the the presentations these young students gave it is clear that they were able to connect with the meaning of Remembrance Day and demonstrate exceptional focus and heart.

Mr. Symington, our fine arts teacher has been working with grade one and two classroom teachers to help students to represent two poems. We all appreciated their lyrical representation of In Flanders Field by John McCrae. A new selection this year was a choral reading accompanied by a dramatic representation of Lord Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade.

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One moment caught me by surprise. Students all clapped a thunderous clap and the chorus of young voices yelled out “Cannon to right of them,” student actors froze, reacted, dropped to the ground. Cannons continued to fire revealing a battlefield of fallen soldiers. So powerful, so meaningful.The audience was absolutely captivated!

For myself, as an educator, the school remembrance Day Assembly is the most meaningful assembly that i attend each year. It is not only a time to remember brave men and women who have placed themselves in harms way, it is also a duty to ensure that we make meaning of their sacrifices and ensure that younger generations will continue to honour this day and value peace.  

Our children may not understand the right to vote or the meaning of democracy, and they may not be able to comprehend the lives of children around the world, many of whom live lives without what we take for granted. Below is an excerpt of my address during the Remembrance Day assembly:

We hear that soldiers have fought and died for our country and for our rights. I wonder sometimes students, if you know what this really means. Adults have rights but did you also know that children have rights.   The United Nations has identified the rights of children in the world. You have these rights no matter who they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor..There is a long list. I’ve choses some of the most important rights for you to think about.

  • It is your right that all adults should do what is best for you.

  • You have the right to give your opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously

  • You have the right to find out things and share what you think with others, by talking, drawing, writing or in any other way unless it harms or offends other people.

  • To choose your own friends

  • To health care,

  • To an education, and to be able to learn at the highest level you can

  • You have a right to proper food, clothing and a safe place to live

  • You have the right to play and to rest.

  • You have the right to protection

  • You have the right to practice your own culture, language and religion - or any you choose when you grow up.

Students, while you are watching or participating in the assembly today I hope you will keep some of these rights in mind and be grateful that you have them,  as you honour our servicemen and women today.

Lest we forget,

Lori Holford

Proud Principal


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