Sunday, 10 November 2019
An Autumnal weekend of Remembrance
The All In weekend of the Service of Remembrance is always a special weekend and this year it had a very autumnal feel to it. We started on Friday evening with the hugely enjoyable ‘Night at the Musicals’ where the whole school performed in various groups including 28 who performed solos. The Ashton Hall was packed and the audience enjoyed popcorn whilst being thoroughly entertained.
The weather was against us, however, and with very wet and cold conditions forecast we had to cancel the re-organised bonfire party planned for Saturday evening. Although we had heavy rain in Abberley resulting in matches being cancelled, the weather was better in Malvern and so junior hockey matches took place at The Downs and senior rugby matches and an U9 hockey tournament took place at The Elms.
After tea everyone got themselves ready for a disco in the Howe room. Mme B-B was very creative with festival style glitter designs. Glitter balls were set up in The Howe room and some very energetic dancing took place in front of the big screen.
We had a bursting Chapel for The Service of Remembrance. The Choir sang beautifully and Lieutenant Colonel Julian Smith gave an excellent address with a very strong Abberley theme after so many family members had been here at school. The readers read clearly including those who read the Roll of Honour of the 44 men of the 1st World War and 38 men of the 2nd World War who had been at Abberley and formerly Lindisfarne who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure we can enjoy the freedoms that we do. Harriet M performed very well undertaking the challenging responsibility of playing The Last Post and Reveille. Tea and coffee was enjoyed after the service in the Front Hall around the roaring fire.
After the service we had lots of activities before lunch including dodge ball in the sports hall, an art room activity relaxing in The Judith Day room or having a swim. The Monmouth Challenge team headed off for their annual General Knowledge competition.
After lunch everyone enjoyed a lovely long autumnal walk over the Abberley Hill.
The art room, IT rooms, and Day rooms were then opened for everyone to be productive or just relax after a busy weekend.
The Top Year had a work session before tea in preparation for the exams coming up in a week’s time.
After tea everyone wrote letters home and had a quiet evening before early beds ready for another exciting week ahead.