Children at Rockwood Academy and Nansen Primary School have come together to mark Remembrance in 2015 by making a moving film tribute to those who sacrificed their lives in the service of their country.
The one-minute, 38-second film features 28 youngsters each reading a separate line from Laurence Binyonâ€™s poignant World War One poem The Fallen, which includes the immortal words:
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”
Fuzel Choudhury, head teacher at Rockwood Academy, said the video provided the schools with a lasting tribute. “It’s vital that children learn about this important part of our national life in order to both understand the sacrifices their forebears made in defence of democracy, whether that be here in England or overseas, and to help ensure future conflicts are avoided and peace protected for the benefit of future generations.”
Cath Rindl, head teacher at Nansen Primary School, said: “Making the film has been a really enjoyable and engaging project for the children, whilst helping them to understand the impact of war and how it affected people. Laurence Binyon’s poem captures beautifully the horror of conflict and it’s great for the children to gain some context for well-known lines from the verse such as “Age shall not weary them…”.
The video, filmed on location at Rockwood Academy and Nansen Primary School, was one of a series of activities at both schools to remember members of the armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
On Armistice Day, Wednesday, November 11, the schools’ combined 1,500 or so children were due to fall silent for two minutes in honour of those killed in conflicts since World War One.