An unusual stillness fell over Manor Lodge School on Monday, November 11, as staff and students gathered to pay their respects and commemorate Remembrance Day.
The school, in Rectory Lane, Shenley, was joined by invited guests from Cooperscroft Nursing Home in Potters Bar, who stayed after the ceremony to speak to some Year 2 students about what their thoughts on the Second World War.
The annual tradition of laying poppies at the foot of a homemade memorial was made all the more poignant as this year, it bore the names of some of the children’s relatives whose lives had been lost at war.
The memorial was surrounded by a carpet of homemade poppies that cascaded down the front of the building.
Each of the students were tasked with making these poppies from recycled plastic bottles lending the Memorial Day a fitting and rather striking tribute.
As Year 6 students read an extract from the poem For the Fallen and two students played a sombre Last Post on the trumpet, each and every child was able to contribute and reflect upon this important day.