Heartfelt poetry, recitations, storytelling and music is how our Junior School students honoured Remembrance Day this week. The Tuesday morning service was a touching tribute to the men and women who fought for and served our country.
As a reminder of just how much of an impact the First and Second World Wars had on the SMUS community, Deputy Head of School Mr. Andy Rodford read the Roll of Honour, which includes the names of all of the students and staff who lost their lives fighting for their country.
At the Junior School, it is tradition to tell the story of one such individual, Michael Symons, a former St. Michael’s School student who was a pilot during the war. Tragically, he died in a plane crash after enemy agents cut the spruce struts on his airplane. We ask members of our Grade 3 class to read this story aloud during the service to remind our students today of the sacrifices made during the wars, and as an unfortunate reminder that our school and our country was not immune to the tragedies of war.
Among the other beautiful pieces performed and read during the service was a new and very impactful poem from one of our Grade 2 classes. Anna Grossnickle Hines’ poem “Where I Live” can be read in full below:
Where I Live
by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Where I live the breeze
blows gently across the pond,
the sky is clear and blue,
trees grow tall,
and the song of birds floats in the air.
Where I live people talk instead of fight,
listen instead of talk,
respect and honor differences.
Where I live the hungry are fed,
the sick healed,
the lost returned
safe to their homes.
Where I live there is laughter
Where I live there is a stillness,
a space for ideas to be born.
Where I live there is no need of fear.
Where there is no fear I live.
Where I live is as big as your heart
and as small as the universe.
I am peace.
Will you have me live with you?
See more photos from the Junior School Remembrance Day Service at the SMUS Photo Gallery.
(photos by Gordon Chan and Kyle Slavin)