Remembrance at Queenswood
Monday 12 November 2018
The very special season of Remembrance was marked at Queenswood with a series of poignant services in Chapel and House activities.
During the week leading up to Remembrance Day, the girls and staff of Stamp House (Years 7 and 8) created a breathtaking display of hand-crafted poppies that covers the glass entrance to the building.
On Friday 9 November, girls explored Queenswood's role in the First World War through a series of readings from letters, school magazines and poems.
Clara Mee (Year 10) played the Last Post and Reveille either side of a minute's silence.
This heart-breaking poem was written by a Queenswood girl whose brother was killed in action in 1918.
TO MY BROTHER
Last year he flew with winged squadron high
To fight earth’s battle in the lowering sky,
And nobly gave his youthful strength for Right
With all life’s glorious possibilities in sight.
This year, no longer is his flight on earth
Where all is sorrow, pain and dearth;
His life is newer, brighter, wondrous fair,
For is not all the flower of Manhood there?
Yes, no in realms illimitable he flies
Where souls unhindered, high and higher rise
To heights undreamed, until at length they stand
Before their spotless Lord at His Command.
And shall we mourn that his pure soul is fled,
His glorious life for Right and Honour given?
No longer will we weep for him as dead
For he has joined the Flying Corps of Heaven.
Finally, our Service of Remembrance was held on Sunday 11 November, with governors, parents, girls and staff paying tribute to the fallen. The Queenswood Singers gave a beautiful rendition of 'In Paradisum' from Fauré's Requiem.
A video of the service is available to view here: