The school marked Remembrance Sunday with a very poignant service put together by members of the UVI (Year 13) girls, led by Camilla, our Head of Chapel.  The service included readings and poems from both World Wars and from more recent conflicts. The Centenary of the end of First World War was central in our thoughts and the letters from some of the young soldiers who experienced the horror of the trenches made a particular impact.

Alongside the traditional hymns, there were other musical items. Emily sang a very haunting version of Danny Boy, the UVI Vocal Ensemble invoked the spirit of Vera Lynn with We’ll Meet Again and Natasha took us into a very reflective place with her cello solo of Hamabdil.

Lucy played Last Post and Reveille with great sensitivity and feeling.

The Act of Remembrance was led by Lt Col. David Clarke MBE and wreaths were laid by Mr Guy Briselden MC, Flt Lt James Halliwell and Mr Mike Jackson.

At the end, the congregation departed in a thoughtful silence as Mr Totney played Elgar’s Nimrod.

The evening was a very fitting way to mark the sacrifice of so many and the service spoke to all, from the youngest to the oldest.

The Revd Jonathan Beach