Yunmin Lee & Albert Radu/ Staff reporters
All members of the Gleneagle community will be reflecting on the past tomorrow as they attend the annual Remembrance Day assembly. The school-wide event was planned by Con-X, leadership, sponsoring teachers, and students.
“We really want to stress the fact that this is a serious assembly,” said Coibre Hutchinson, grade 12 and one of the organizers. “People have lost their lives, and we are [honouring them].”
The students and staff who helped plan the assembly reinforced that all students should attend in respect to veterans.
“In my opinion, it is the most important assembly of the year. It’s a shame to see [students] taking it as a joke,” added Hutchinson.
Hansol Jin, grade 12, was the planning committee chairperson. and explained that the assembly will start with O Canada performed by the choir and a speech from the MC’s, Theo Balabin, grade 11, and Emily Zhang, grade 12, followed by a moment of silence.
“We are trying to time the moment of silence within the eleventh hour. 11:35 am is our goal,” said Hutchinson. “After the moment of silence will be a march led by a few cadets and a bagpiper,” Jin added. Hutchinson is the bagpiper, will be performing Amazing Grace.
Music teacher Edward Trovato invited veteran James Robertson, to be a guest speaker at the assembly according to Jin.
There will be a performance by the vocal jazz group. followed by English student performing spoken word poetry according to Hutchinson.
English teacher Karen Learmonth “will be choosing around three students of [hers] to perform their poetry at the assembly.” Learmonth did not wish to reveal the student names to build anticipation.
Lucas Hung, grade 12, will be end the assembly with a piano performance. “I will be playing Gymnopedie No. 1 by Erik Satie”.
A poppy drive donation has been circulating in block 2 classrooms throughout the week. Donations are accepted until the time of the assembly.
“We will be collecting at the door,” Jin said. All proceeds go to the Royal Canadian Legion, funding homeless veterans, PTSD counselling, career transitions, relief programs, and more.
The assembly is expected to end at 12:20.