Leehurst Swan School


Independent Co-Educational Day School

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National Day of Reflection


Today marks the one year anniversary since the first UK lockdown.  Since then, millions of people have been bereaved, both as a result of Covid-19 and due to other causes. The National Day of Reflection gives us time to unite and reflect on this tragic loss of life and our collective grief as a nation.

As well as reflecting on the grief of the past year, the National Day of Reflection is also about hoping for a brighter future.  Our whole school gathered on the top field to hear Mr Ayres read Thomas Hardy's Song of Hope before we held a one minute silence. 


Song of Hope

O sweet To-morrow! -
After to-day
There will away
This sense of sorrow.

Then let us borrow
Hope, for a gleaming
Soon will be streaming,
Dimmed by no gray -
No gray!

While the winds wing us
Sighs from The Gone,
Nearer to dawn
Minute-beats bring us;
When there will sing us
Larks of a glory
Waiting our story
Further anon -

Doff the black token,
Don the red shoon,
Right and retune
Viol-strings broken;
Null the words spoken
In speeches of rueing,
The night cloud is hueing,
To-morrow shines soon -
Shines soon!


Thomas Hardy

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