Creative pupils make poppies to mark Remembrance Day

Bede Burn Primary School remembrance display. Staff from left, Headteacher Nicola Faulkner, teaching assistant Glenn MacIntosh and class teacher Aamanda Lenney

Bede Burn Primary School remembrance display. Staff from left, Headteacher Nicola Faulkner, teaching assistant Glenn MacIntosh and class teacher Aamanda Lenney

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Creative primary school pupils have produced a fantastic display of poppies to mark Remembrance Day.

Pupils at Bede Burn Primary School in Jarrow, joined with staff and parents to create more than 300 poppies - each displaying a message of remembrance.

Bede Burn Primary School remembrance display.
Staff from left, Headteacher Nicola Faulkner, teaching assistant Glenn MacIntosh and class teacher Aamanda Lenney

Bede Burn Primary School remembrance display. Staff from left, Headteacher Nicola Faulkner, teaching assistant Glenn MacIntosh and class teacher Aamanda Lenney

The school, in Dean Terrace, came up with the idea for the creative display last week and set pupils into motion to decorate the poppies with both traditional and personal messages.

The aim of the execise was to help the chidren learn the significance of Remembrance Sunday, Armistice Day, and the significance of the ceremonies and the poppy symbol.

Acting deputy head teacher and year three teacher Amanda Lenney, said it was a whole school effort which they were very proud of.

She said: “Every year, the year two children attend a remembrance parade and we also have a whole school ceremony in the hall to mark Remembrance Day.

South Shields Remembrance Sunday. Parade from Town Hall to Westoe Cenotaph

South Shields Remembrance Sunday. Parade from Town Hall to Westoe Cenotaph

“But this year we wanted to get the whole school involved.

“To do that, we came up with the idea of getting the children to write messages of remembrance on paper poppies.

“The children loved it and gained a lot from it.”

The effort even saw staff and parents get involved - writing messages ranging from the traditional ‘Lest We Forget,’ to accounting their personal experiences with war past and resent.

The poppies were then laminated and tied to the school fence to create a fields of poppies to be enjoyed by the school and people passing by.

The poppies will be on display for weeks to come.