Royston schoolchildren write poetry for armistice assembly

PUBLISHED: 07:01 16 November 2018

St Mary's Catholic Primary School's commemorative display to mark the end of the First World War. Picture: St Mary's

St Mary's Catholic Primary School's commemorative display to mark the end of the First World War. Picture: St Mary's

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Royston schoolchildren have held a special assembly to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

St Mary's Catholic Primary School's commemorative display to mark the end of the First World War. Picture: St Mary'sSt Mary's Catholic Primary School's commemorative display to mark the end of the First World War. Picture: St Mary's

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School have held a remembrance assembly every year – and as 2018 was even more poignant, Year 6 children shared their poetry for the occasion.

About parent feedback, headteacher Julia Pearce said: “Each year the children speak eloquently, their passion and knowledge shines through.

St Mary's Catholic Primary School's commemorative display to mark the end of the First World War. Picture: St Mary'sSt Mary's Catholic Primary School's commemorative display to mark the end of the First World War. Picture: St Mary's

“The pride and ethos of the school, the joy of learning come across so clearly.

“It was heartbreaking to hear the names and ages of the men from this small market town being read out by the children.

“The children were respectful and thoughtful.

“We heard many parents say that they didn’t know half of what they saw, and heard, and how moving and appropriate it was.”

Two examples of the poetry are as follows:

Freya

“A small bullet ruined a body bare,

an innocent man with family that would share,

the story of which I had just committed,

in my heart a crime, there was no forgiveness.

For that enemy soldier,

will shoot no more,

come home to my family,

just across the shore.”

Annabelle

“A picture of significance left behind,

a poppy, blood, deaf and blind.

Where silent bodies are left to die,

open your hearts to those who lie.

The poppy, blood, deaf and blind.

My friends and family, forever lost.

Spending their lives, whatever the cost.

Bearing in mind what they did for me.

That hatred sights my hearts left to see.

The poppy, blood, deaf and blind.”

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