On Friday, 10 November, we remembered those who fought and who lost their lives in conflict at our Armistice Day Assembly and Act of Remembrance.
There was not an empty chair to be found in St Katharines Hall as pupils, parents and staff gathered to pay their respects and listen to the children as they led everyone in prayer, song and readings.
Charlotte McFadyen played the violin as everyone arrived at the Junior School, and the introduction and opening prayer was ready superbly well by Jack Gettinby-Anderson and Helena Flynn.
After our first hymn, 'Be thou my vision', Years 1 and 2 stood up to read 'Little Poppy'. They were followed by Year 3, who recited 'The White Cliffs of Dover', then Year 4 with 'Are You Sleeping?'.
The whole congregation joined in for 'I vow to thee my country' before Magnus Newton and Katie MacAulay read out the Poppy Appeal. Year 5 was represented by Rachel Hogg, Freddie Downie and Zachary Sewell reading 'Remembrance Day', then it was the turn of Year 6 pupils Paddy Pennycook, Anna Black and Luke Farquhar with 'In Flanders Fields'. Katie MacAulay led the closing prayers before Hector Long (Year 12) piped everyone to the entrance of Hepburn House.
Outside, Year 7 read an extract from 'War Game' by Michael Foreman and the House Captains of Mull, Harris, Skye and Lewis led the St Leonards Roll of Honour, remembering Seniors, St Andrews University alumni and residents of the town who gave their lives in battle.
After the wreaths were laid on the steps of Hepburn House, Tom McBarron (Year 12) played the Last Post to mark the start of our two-minute silence.
Thank you to all the children for leading us in such a fitting Act of Remembrance, and to the parents and staff who attended.