HSD Remembers

WW1 Centenary: HSD Remembers

A special programme of events held in 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War

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As we approached the centenary of the first Armistice on 11 November 1918, the School put together a programme of events to mark this important anniversary, to which we extended a warm invitation to all pupils, parents and staff, past and present.

At the time, Dr John Halliday, Rector of the High School of Dundee, said, "We have organised a series of events which we hope will be a suitable testimony to our ongoing debt of gratitude to those whose lives were changed forever by the First World War and give us cause to reflect on how we can learn from the lessons of history." 

Centenary events

In addition to our traditional Armistice Parade, a musical concert took place in Trinity Hall, an exhibition focusing on the impact of the Great War on one High School family was available to view, as was an exhibition of WW1-themed artwork created by current pupils.

The full programme of events which we staged in 2018 can be found here.

Jute Poppy Art Installation 

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The centrepiece of our commemorative events was a striking art installation which saw the School's Pillars decorated with more than 2,000 jute poppies in tribute to those who fell in the Great War.

We also made identical jute poppies available for sale to raise money for the charity Poppy Scotland, and in 2019 we're doing so again.

You can find out more about this unique commemoration, and buy poppies, here.