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73 Miles for the 73rd Anniversary of the NHS

On the 5th July 2021 staff and students at Dawn House School celebrated the 73rd anniversary of the NHS. Students learnt about the history of the NHS, its role and value in our society. They discussed times when there was no healthcare provision and compared it with how well people are looked after nowadays, especially now during a global pandemic. Following that, students worked in groups brainstorming ways they can show their gratitude to the NHS staff for their courage, compassion, and dedication in the most difficult times. It was lovely to hear so many great ideas like saying ‘thank you very much’, clapping, drawing or looking after each other’s wellbeing and physical health to name a few. 


During our Assembly, students also learnt about the George Cross, instituted by King George VI in 1940 during the height of the Blitz in World War Two. The George Cross is awarded for “acts of the greatest heroism or of the most courage in circumstances of extreme danger”.  Queen Elizabeth awarded the George Cross to the National Health Service to honour them for demonstrating the highest standards of public service. 


On Friday 9th July, pupils will walk 73 miles around the school grounds to celebrate the 73rd anniversary.