Students and staff proudly wore their poppies leading up to and on Remembrance Day. TCPS staff, along with students in grades 9 t 12, worked together to produce a meaningful Remembrance Day assembly on November 9th honouring our veterans, victims of war, and those who continue to serve and protect our country.
The assembly commenced with the singing of “O Canada” by the students and staff. House Chair, Tshego welcomed everyone and spoke about youth and remembrance through the South African experience. During the assembly, led by Ms. Simon, the students performed 2 moving and dramatic presentations, and a selection of band students performed “Greensleeves” conducted by Mr. Friedman. Reflecting on the global impact of war, Ana and Iva spoke of remembrance and post-war life in Poland and China. Following the readings, all in attendance rose to their feet and read Lieutenant-colonel John McCrae’s well-known poem “In Flanders Fields”.
At the stroke of 11:00 a.m., everyone stood in silent remembrance as the “Last Post” was played. This was followed by the Two-Minute Silence honouring the sacrifices made by our armed forces and their families. Grade 12 student Sydnie spoke “The Act of Remembrance” and the assembly concluded with the playing of “God Save the Queen”, the royal anthem of Canada.
Proceeds from this year’s poppy campaign will benefit our local Markham Veterans Association.