'Never Such Innocence'
Pupils from Year 5 and Year 9 were delighted to be invited by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence KCVO CB ADC, President of Never Such Innocence and Vice President of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, to take part in the ‘Never Such Innocence’ event on Friday 19 January, held at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on Marlow Road.
‘Never Such Innocence’ is a charity established to engage young people (aged 9-16) in commemorating the Great War through poetry, art and music. Special Guest, Air Vice-Marshal Mike Wigston CBE, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, was also joined by local dignitaries, politicians, representatives of the Armed Forces, cadets, and other educational establishments.
Margaret Heywood, Head of Senior Girls, commented:
“The event provided a wonderful opportunity a hundred years on for our pupils to be reminded of the significance of World War One. Our pupils were presented to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, as well as have the chance to talk to Sir Tim and the other dignitaries in attendance.”
During the presentation, pupils were invited to read poems that they had penned themselves. Rhiannon and Bailey from Year 5, and Govind, Joel, James and Sebastian from Year 9 recited their own poetry for this 100 year anniversary.
Here are two poignant lines, taken from Rhiannon and Bailey’s ‘War Poem’ which they read at the Commemoration Service:
"The Germans are falling with every breath and soon there were only two enemies left.
"Now that it is over I can rest, knowing that our troops have done their best."