Tower of London poppies replicated at schools across West Norfolk

The Norman CofE Primary School pupils take part in a Remembrance Service. Rosie Vanderstay (10) places a poppy ANL-141111-145910009
The Norman CofE Primary School pupils take part in a Remembrance Service. Rosie Vanderstay (10) places a poppy ANL-141111-145910009
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The Tower of London poppies art installation inspired schools across West Norfolk in their remembrance services this year.

Many schools had their own attempt at creating something similar to the display of 888,246 ceramic poppies planted in the tower’s moat to represent each British military fatality during World War I.

Norman Primary School, at Northwold, created its own memorial to the fallen from the area in its outdoor classroom. Pupils also made their own poppies and planted them around the classroom, which within it had biographies of all the men listed on the village memorial.

Some of those biographies were read aloud as part of the service.

Carole Reich, headteacher, said: “It helped children to see that war isn’t a wonderful thing.”

In the afternoon the children dressed in wartime clothing and ate food reminiscent of what would have been served at a peace street party.

Pupils from all years at Nelson Academy, Downham, were challenged to make a poppy which were displayed around the school.

Emma Thorne, a teaching assistant at the academy, who was one of those to gain a place as a volunteer planting poppies at the Tower of London, suggested the project.

Gill Seck, art leader, said: “The pupils just excelled themselves, we had crocheted poppies, collage, clay ones. Families got so involved with it as well.”

Springwood High School held its annual remembrance service, inviting pupils who are members of cadet forces to come in uniform and parade.

British Legion representatives were invited to the service, which was witnessed by year seven and sixth form pupils.

Year seven and eight pupils made paper poppies, which they wrote personal messages on and planted in the ground around the school’s flagpole.

The school is running trips to the battlefields for year seven pupils throughout this year.

Pupils at Nicholas Hamond Academy, in Swaffham, researched Armistice Day during lunchtime sessions in the run-up to Tuesday and produced displays of work, re-enactments, a time capsule and Year Nine pupils Jordan Eyre and Alex Copeman even made a ‘trench’ cake.

Then, on the day itself pupils made poppies and attached messages to them before placing them in a commemorative wall.

The whole school observed the two minute silence at 11am and gathered in one of the playgrounds to listen to a reading, poem and some poignant facts.

Wimbotsham and Stow Community School, Magdalen Village School and St Germans Primary School each attended services at their village churches.

At St Clements High, in Terrington St Clement, year 10 GCSE students have been delivering remembrance assemblies to their peers.

During history lessons, pupils have been visiting the village war memorial and all subjects have had World War I and II themes.