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Half a million pupils to join remembrance assembly live online from the Tower of London

Pupil from Gareth Dacey's school - full size

As the last of the 888,246 ceramic poppies - one for every life lost in the First World War - are planted in the Tower of London moat, more than half a million pupils will be looking forward to joining in a national online school assembly live from the Tower on Monday 10 November.

The assembly, which is being streamed live from the tower, will focus on transmitting engaging content suitable for schools across the UK and beyond. Highlights include interviews and articles of relevance to remembrance, special guest appearances and will be hosted by former Blue Peter presenter, Tim Vincent.

The online act of remembrance is part of the Historic Palaces’ thought-provoking Why Remember? campaign.

The campaign, designed for schools, invited pupils to offer their ideas on the following questions. 

  • Why should we remember the war?
  • Why is a 100 years significant?
  • How do you want to remember? 

Children can share their answers through a variety of mediums such as poetry, dance and artwork which they can then upload to the Why Remember? website at whyremember.hrp.org.uk

Each contribution will form a pixel on a giant commemorative mosaic. In total, the mosaic has room for 100,000 entries. 

NAHT member and head teacher Gareth Dacey is proud to have been involved in the campaign since the beginning of term. Gareth said his pupils had taken full advantage of the resources linked to Why Remember? and said he and his pupils from Cwmclydach Primary School in Wales would be following the remembrance assembly closely.

He said: “As well as raising awareness of the war for the children, this campaign has stimulated a discussion in the school about how WW1 affected our community here in the Rhondda Valley.

“On 11 November, following the sombre and thought-provoking atmosphere of our own remembrance assembly we are holding a fundraising day at school which will take the form of a celebratory street party. We will be asking the pupils to come into school dressed as evacuees or as people would have dressed at the time. The hall will be decked out accordingly with music of the era being played. We will be asking local veterans of conflict  to  join in our party so that we can thank them and treat them to an early 21st century experience.

“We hope to create a fitting tribute from a new generation to one that must always be remembered as well as raise funds for charity.”

For information on how to register for the assembly, visit the event booking page.

Meanwhile, NAHT is keen to find out what how your school is marking Remembrance Day. Members are encouraged to tweet their photographs using the hashtag #Whyremember.


Page Published: 06/11/2014