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Armistice Anniversary: St. George's River of Poppies

12 November 2018

This year sees the significant historical anniversary of 100 years since the armistice to end The First World War. St. George's Humanities Department, inspired by the 2014 'Sea of Poppies' which saw 800,000 ceramic poppies placed at The Tower of London, decided to mark this occasion with St. George's own 'River of Poppies'.

Using plastic bottles and other materials, students worked hard to produce poppies for planting in the grounds in front of school. In conjunction, the department ran research classes where students looked up the names of victims of war and labelled their poppies in an act of remembrance. Many students discovered family links and the project has led to much discussion and interest in students family histories.  

On a sunny morning before the weekend of the official armistice anniversary, the whole school were present at a moving ceremony of remembrance. A poignant reading by Francoise Marabotto from a letter by a friend explaining the circumstances of her Great Grandfathers death near Verdun, was followed by the playing of The Last Post and a reading of John MacRae's poem, 'In Flanders Fields'. Overall this has been a thought-provoking week and a fitting marking of this historic anniversary. 

Watch the ceremony of remembrance:


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