Pupils and staff from ARK Rose Primary and ARK Kings Academy marked Remembrance Day and 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War by holding a joint commemoration and special assemblies to coincide with the traditional two minute silence at 11 o’clock to mark Armistice Day.

ARK Kings Academy led a group of pupils and staff from ARK Kings and ARK Rose Primary to St Nicolas’ Churchyard on Kings Norton Green.

The group visited war memorials for local people who died in both World Wars and placed a wreath on the grave of Kings Norton resident Harry L Barradell, an RAF Lieutenant who died in April 1918. ARK Kings Academy’s newly appointed Head Girl and Head Boy Demi Keen and Sufiyan Aziz then  recited the famous poem, ‘For The Fallen’. At two minutes before 11 o’clock students and staff listened to ‘The Last Post’ before observing the Two Minute Silence to remember everyone who has lost their lives in wars and conflicts.

ARK Rose Primary pupil lays wreath on a war grave
ARK Rose Primary pupil lays wreath on a war grave
ARK Rose and ARK Kings pupils are given a tour of St Nicolas' Church war memorial
ARK Rose and ARK Kings pupils are given a tour of St Nicolas’ Church war memorial

Back at school, both academies took time out of their day shortly before 11 o’clock for a special Remembrance Day assembly. Principal Roger Punton led line up at Kings. Over at Rose Deputy Headteacher Helen Hutchinson helped younger children connect with the lives of ordinary people affected by the outbreak of the First World War 100 years ago by singing popular songs from the era. At 11 o’clock pupils and staff at both academies observed the Two Minute Silence.

In the run-up to Remembrance Day, pupils have been learning about Remembrance and the First World War. Pupil volunteers have been selling Poppies and at last month’s ‘Values Day’ at ARK Rose Primary pupils raised money for the Royal British Legion by baking and selling cupcakes.

The Poppy: Key Facts


  • The Poppy is a symbol of hope and remembrance worn by millions of people
  • The Poppy is red to reflect the colour of field poppies, which managed to grow in Flanders, amongst the destruction of World War War
  • The Poppy is not a sign of support for war
  • To find out more about Remembrance or make a donation, please visit The Royal British Legion website.


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