Forgetting is unlikely to happen at SFDS School, thanks to the efforts of our hardworking Grade 6 teacher, Mrs. Liesl Knoll, and her students.
From the beginning procession of crosses and poppies, the dignified carrying and placement of flags, the recitation of In Flanders Fields, and the prayers and intentions to the thoughtfully chosen visual as we listened to the playing of The Last Post, the Grade 6’s helped us all to maintain a serious demeanour on this solemn reason for gathering in our gym. We acknowledge the leadership of one of our students, Katelyn L, who very capably handled the technological support, freeing up the teacher and education assistant to manage the various other components of such a production.
We cannot forget the contribution of our Grade 3 students, under the direction of their teacher, Mrs. Marlene Cruz, who sang along to a beautiful rendition of Roland Majeau’s Soldier’s Cry, showing with their carefully choreographed and well rehearsed actions that these lyrics are powerful and worthy of reflection.
As well, our intermediate choir created a thought provoking experience with their performance of Only I, a non-traditional piece that including clapping and drumming percussion and singing in two part harmony with varying dynamics. Thank you to Mrs. Fawcett for her direction and preparation and to Miss Joanna, one of our parents, for accompanying the choir on piano.
We know our students were affected by this whole experience; one particular child in our Grade 3 class shared that she felt so sad because she was imagining how difficult it would be for her if her own father had to leave her to defend our country, Canada. She went on to describe how hard it must have been for little babies to grow up without knowing their fathers because of the tragedy of war and how grateful she is to live in a peaceful country without threat of such immediate danger. Grade 3 and 6 classes: you achieved what you set out to do - help us all to connect to powerful lessons, learn to value sacrifice, and express gratitude for our blessings.