13 Nov WW1 Armistice Centenary Commemoration
We will remember them. On Monday 12th November, students and teachers gathered in the Rosey Concert Hall for a special commemorative assembly to mark one hundred years since the First World War armistice, enforced at 11am on 11th November 1918.
Our entire staff and student body gathered to listen to an impactful and moving presentation on WW1, in which Roséens delivered in their mother tongues extracts from international authors recounting their experiences of war. From midday onwards, students participated in several commemorative activities, including a traditional rationed lunch of soup and sandwiches, a screening of Paris 1919, an art exhibition of French journalists’ cartoons, presentations from historians and the display of original artefacts from war veterans which students could examine and reflect upon.
Particular attention should be drawn to the outdoor art installation designed by Class T French bac students taught by M Schmid. Conceived last year by the students –then in Class 1–, Les Toiles blanches, takes its inspiration from multiple sources, drawing on cultural symbols of peace, historical materials and motivational artists; their work results in a stunning white poppy made of timber and off-white linen to honour lives lost, and to mark one hundred years since the end of WW1. It will now remain on campus for the rest of the term, acting as a place of individual reflection and calm for students and teachers on campus.
At the Toiles blanches inauguration students heard the following explanation: “This memorial pays homage to the passing of several artists during the First World War. This dark period of humanity was incredibly rich in artistic movements, and their untimely deaths have starved the world of masterpieces that may have triggered new directions in art and creativity. Les Toiles blanches symbolises the works that never saw the light of day…”