D DAY 75

Portsmouth was in focus on 5th June this year as the host city of the national commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. Our pupils were able to be part of this memorable event in many different ways.

Soaring Sounds in the Cathedral

As part of the D Day commemorations a number of our senior and junior musicians were heavily involved in services at St Thomas' Cathedral on the Sunday before the national events. Two of these services were broadcast/recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio. The Sunday Service on Radio 4 was sung by Cantate, featuring a number of our girls in Years 7-13 and Choral Evensong was recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday 5th June, this featured a number of our boys in Years 4-9. They all performed beautifully and we should be very proud of their achievement and the way in which they represented the school, city and nation.

Many congratulations to David Price, Sachin Gunga, the Gap Year team and Canon Jo, the Dean and the everyone at the cathedral.

Flypast Fun

As part of the national commemmorative events, there was a flypast of historic and modern aircraft.

Children from the Nursery and Junior School headed off to Governor's Green to watch the spectacle and to be able to experience the city's big event. There was a huge amount of anticipation and excitement as the children sat on the grass waiting for the aircraft to appear and big cheers as the Red Arrows roared over head creating a trail of red, white and blue in the sky.

There was then time for some play on the field before heading back to school with all the children bubbling with stories to tell their parents about what they had seen.

An Honoured View

Vishvesh Mehta (Year 12) was invited to attend the commemmorative service on Southsea Common in his role as the Lord Mayor's Cadet.

"Throughout the event I was meeting veterans who had served on D Day and serving members of the armed forces from Royal Marines to American airmen," said Vishvesh. "I was in the marquee tent for the lunch where I spoke with Jeremy Corbyn, Prince Charles and President Donald Trump. It was a great experience to represent the Lord Mayor and the school on a day that I will never be able to forget."

The pictures were taken by Vishvesh on the day.

Brilliant Brass

To round the week off, it was fantastic to see and hear PGS Brass open the D-Day 75 celebrations weekend on the big stage on Southsea Common.

It was a real privilege to represent the school and the city in commemorating and paying tribute to the sacrifices made by so many brave men and women. The large crowd were hugely enthusiastic about their music.

The night before the choristers performed James Olsen’s special commission The Key Note of Everything to be Simplicity with other Portsmouth children and members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.