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Our assembly this morning was focussed on the events over the weekend, especially Remembrance Sunday.

Mr Rob Vine came into school last week to talk to the children about the Royal British Legion and the symbolism of the red poppy we buy and wear at this time of year. You can see Mr Vine, who is Chair of the Wrenbury and District British Legion in a photo with Ethan and Max. They have been helping to sell poppies with Laylee and Carla and raise money for this important charity. Mr Vine also told us about his grandfather who had found a Bible belonging to two different German soldiers during the Great War, which had been dropped. His grandfather had looked after it very well and tried to return it to the last German soldier to carry it — Private Schmidt. Sadly, he couldn't trace the young man. He also brought a photocopy of a document his grandfather received whilst on the battlefield announcing the armistice. The document states in neat handwriting: 'Germany has accepted our armistice conditions. The Kaiser and Crown Prince are stated to be in Holland.' The document is dated 10/11/18. We have it on display in our school hall.

We were joined this morning by Reverend Alison from St Margaret's, who is Chaplain to the Wrenbury and District branch of the Royal British Legion. Mrs Liz Speed, our kitchen assistant, also joined us, wearing her uniform and carrying the Standard as the RBL's Standard Bearer for Wrenbury and District.

Mr Eaton brought a special book in for us to look at: 'St Margaret's Church, Roll of Honour to the fallen of Wrenbury and District.' It is kept at the church and records the names (and photographs) of the young men who lost their lives during the Great War. Mrs Cador read the names out of the former pupils of Wrenbury Primary School who had died. At the same time, Mrs Speed lowered the standard as a sign of respect.

Mrs Cador also mentioned Mr Peter Bebbington. He had been the Chair of the Wrenbury and District branch RBL and has been outstanding and loyal in his service to the charity. Last month Mr Bebbington was awarded the 'Gold badge', the highest honour given by the RBL. He is on the left of the photo at the War Memorial. Mr Bebbington has ensured that the young men of Wrenbury, who didn't return home from war have been remembered, by co-writing books about each of the men. The latest book he has written is about the three Dale brothers: Albert, Frank and Walter; it is to be published shortly. Our thoughts are with Mr Bebbington who is very poorly.

The whole school then went outside, and watched quietly while Ruby and Matthew laid a poppy wreath under the Union flag which is at half mast. Reverend Alison then said a prayer before we all returnerd quietly to class.

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