Assembly by Dr Pullé to give thanks for the life of HM Queen Elizabeth II

Good morning everyone.

On Tuesday we gathered together in our Whole School Assembly and

  • I called you a historic generation
  • I referred to our world being reshaped by various big events
  • I suggested that we all needed to become better stewards of our planet

Two days later our world has been reshaped further by the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

  • Opened on this site in 1960, you could say that we are an “Elizabethan school”
  • Our country’s coins, our notes, our stamps and our postboxes all carry her picture
  • Only people over the age of 70 will have known any other monarch
  • There have been 15 British Prime Ministers during Queen Elizabeth’s reign – from Winston Churchill in 1952 to Liz Truss in 2022

Through all this time she has conscientiously served our nation putting duty above all other influences.

And she knew that this would be her life’s work from when she was of secondary school age – as she stated on her 21st birthday in 1947

  • “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service”

So it has turned out.

  • A wonderfully long life that has been devoted to service.
  • A wonderfully long life that has promoted the idea of stewardship
  • A wonderfully long life that has aimed to build a better future

In doing all of these things she has encouraged and nurtured teamwork and active life styles

  • For example, just think of how her husband Prince Phillip led on the creation and development of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme that so many Wilmslow High School students participate in.
  • Similarly, do you realise that both her daughter Princess Anne and her Grand-daughter Zara Tindall have represented Team GB in international horse riding including at the Olympic Games?

She has also shown us how to combine seriousness of purpose with a good sense of humour.

  • Those who have met her, and there are quite a number who’ve had that privilege in our community, have noted and experienced the twinkle in her eye.
  • Similarly, I’m sure we all enjoyed those video moments over the last ten years when she performed with James Bond at the London Olympics and with Paddington Bear during this year’s Jubilee

So this is a big moment for our nation and one that will rightly absorb so many of our thoughts and actions over the coming days and weeks.

We have lost a very influential person who could be guaranteed to pursue a path that would led to doing the right thing.

But she would also want us to be hopeful and hope-filled.

Her faith that the power of goodness will ultimately triumph has remained strong throughout her life.

 

So she knows that as we learn to sing God Save The King…

… God has saved and welcomed our Queen Elizabeth II.

 

As a mark of respect, reflection and thanks, please can you join me in observing some moments of silence

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