King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys held its annual Remembrance Assembly in Big School on Friday 6th November 2020. This year we held our Remembrance Assembly remotely and streamed the service via YouTube. We were not able to welcome our usual Governors, Charity Trustees and Old Boys to mark the occasion and share in this significant and important annual event due to social distancing restrictions. However, the Reverend Dr Bob Stephen who is Chair of the Governing Body and Rector of Handsworth was able to lead the act of Remembrance. The Headmaster delivered a very timely and thought provoking address which highlighted the necessity to work towards peace in all we do. He highlighted that important facets of life such as showing respect and tolerance of each other, being kind and compassionate and celebrating our differences are all highly significant steps on the road to peace. He emphasised the need for the values of peace, freedom and hope in all we do as well as focusing upon the themes of unity and compassion.
The Senior Prefects, Jasbinder Singh and Grace Roberts took an active part in the Assembly by reading poems and reflections and they each laid a wreath at the stained glass window to commemorate the School and the Bridge Trust Society. It was a very special event and a fitting tribute to the Old Boys whose names are listed on the memorial plaques in Big School despite the current restrictions due to the pandemic.
Haec Olim Meminisse Iuvabit