Elstree Remembrance Day Service

Elstree Prep and Pre-Prep gathered at the front of the main school on Wednesday 11th November for Remembrance Day.

A red sea of poppies for Remembrance Day

The setting was perfect. A red sea of clay poppies, poppy banners and pictures created by pupils in art lessons under the watchful and talented eye of Mrs Syckelmoore surrounded pupils in bubbles and staff.

There were a 139 clay poppies on sticks, representing every Elstree old boy who had lost their life at war. In the same vein, every name appears on a memorial plaque in Elstree’s front porch.

Elstree Remembrance Day Service

Headmaster Sid Inglis started the service paying respect to our former pupils, explaining the significance of Armistice Day.  This year, it was Head of Sport Ben Champkin’s honour to lay the first wreath. Gapper Christian laid the wreath on behalf of former Elstree pupils.  And as Elstree tradition goes, the Heads of Houses – Tom (North), Toby (East), Harry (South) and Oliver (West) – then followed. Akinniran from Elstree Pre-Prep was the final pupil to lay his wreath.

Two minute silence

The Elstree flag was lowered, and a two minute silence was held. Our trumpeters – Ben in Year 8 and Head of Science Mr Brown – played the Last Post from the school roof.

Armistice Day was perhaps even more significant this year against the backdrop of the pandemic, which didn’t stop Elstree and its community safely paying their respect.