Students and staff at Millthorpe School are marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 this week with a Poppy Fountain dedicated to service people, many of them from the immediate local area, who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the war.
Each student and member of staff was invited to make a poppy with materials of their choice including wool, felt, paper, ribbon or tissue. The finished poppies, each with their own dedication to an individual service person, have then been crafted into a stunning display in the school’s entrance hall.
Many of the students used the Clements Hall History Group’s database of local people who died in the war, to find people who lived on their street or even in their house, so that they could then dedicate their poppies to someone who lived in their neighbourhood. Students have also been encouraged to go on to the ‘Every One Remembered’ website to write a personal message of remembrance for the person they dedicated their poppy to.
Adam Baybutt, Senior Director of Achievement and teacher of History at Millthorpe School said “The students and staff have created an incredible display, which is very poignant and makes us all stop and think about the effect the war had on people across the country and particularly in our locality.
“We also held Remembrance assemblies last week, encouraging students to reflect on the horrors of war and remember that the service men and women gave their lives so that future generations could live theirs.
“We are very proud of our students, particularly as the younger generation are often accused of being unwilling to remember and reflect on the past. This proves that this is a wholly inaccurate and unfair accusation and that the young people of today are very interested in and are moved by the events of 100 years ago. When The Last Post is sounded
on Sunday morning, I know that a whole generation of Millthorpe students will pause and pay their respects.
“Huge thanks go to Miss Frankland and Ms Watson, the Design and Technology team and the students and wider staff for creating such a beautiful, thoughtful display.”