Class by class they filed into the hall in silence. The Dean Park School Choir poised quietly on the stage. A poignant image of a single poppy filled the large screen.
On Friday 9th November, Dean Park held its annual Remembrance Service.
The focus of our special service was on The Poppy – an item so small and simple yet so powerful in its imagery, significance and purpose.
Throughout the week Primary 7 pupils have been selling poppies for The Scottish Poppy Appeal to pupils and staff. Every single poppy sold. Classes have created their own wall displays where the poppies have taken centre stage amongst the war poems and stories.
The children watched a wonderfully crafted video from Poppy Scotland and learned not only of the poppy’s significance to the past, but how it helps veterans of war in the present day and how it will help their families in the future.
We heard evocative war poems read out by Primary 5, written by themselves, and the school choir sang, “A Wish for Peace”, a moving song with words which need no explaining. Niamh our head girl sang the introduction, a snippet below:-
The haunting sound of The Last Post played on the trumpet by Mr Williamson and then a minute’s silence fell.
Dean Park remembers.