School plants its own ‘poppy field for Armistice Day ceremony

William Alvey School pupils with their 'poppy field' for Armistice Day. EMN-151111-163111001
William Alvey School pupils with their 'poppy field' for Armistice Day. EMN-151111-163111001

Pupils at a Sleaford school have been remembering fallen soldiers from past conflicts on Armistice Day by planting their own ‘poppy field’.

A number of children at William Alvey School have family serving, or who have served, in the armed forces, and so with this connection, pupils have been researching the importance of remembrance as individuals and class groups.

Some have studied their parents’ involvement in the armed forces or maybe great grandparents involved in one of the two World Wars.

Year six teacher Tony McMillan explained: “They have created poppies in their classrooms and added words on them giving facts about the wars or saying why Armistice Day is important for us - to remember how it has shaped the world we live in. Some refer to their parents being in the armed forces.”

All the large poppies were placed in the school field, complete with the messages from the Key Stage Two children.

The whole school turned out this morning (Wednesday) for a short ceremony at 11am when headteacher Stephen Tapley recited two verses from the First World War poem, For the Fallen, by Robert Binyon, and the school choir sang a special song for the occasion. A whistle blast began and ended a minute’s silence of remembrance and the children could hear the sound of the bugler, carried on the wind, playing in the distance for the Armistice ceremony in the town’s Market Place.

Mr Tapley said to the children: “It helps you remember the soldiers who have died in the World Wars and all the soldiers who, unfortunately, have lost their lives in conflicts since, fighting to ensure we can live our lives as we do today.”

He said the children may sometimes feel cold, or hungry or bored, but it is nothing compared to the sacrifice those soldiers have made.