WW1 Centenary Anniversary: HSD Remembers

School marks centenary of the end of the Great War with special programme of events

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The High School of Dundee is organising a special series of events to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

In addition to the School's traditional Armistice Parade on 9 November, a musical concert will take place on 8 November, an exhibition focusing on the impact of the Great War on one High School family will be available to view from November, as will an exhibition of WW1-themed artwork created by current pupils.

As the centenary approaches, pupils will also take part in special assemblies in which wartime poems and diary extracts will come to life through drama performances.

The centrepiece of the commemorative events is a striking art installation which will see the School's Pillars transformed as they are decorated with more than 2,000 jute poppies in tribute to those who fell in the Great War.

In order to raise money for Poppy Scotland, and to offer people the chance to purchase a unique and lasting memento on this special anniversary, the School is also making identical jute poppies available for sale.

You can find out more about this unique commemoration, and buy poppies, here, and the full programme of events can be found here.

Dr John Halliday, Rector of the High School of Dundee, said, "As we approach the centenary of the first Armistice on 11 November 1918 we have put together a programme of events to mark this important anniversary, to which we extend a warm invitation to all parents, pupils and staff, past and present.

"We hope that what we have planned 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."