Schools put poppies at centre of projects

Children from Faconer's Hill Infant School commemorate Armistice Day with a field of poppies.
Children from Faconer's Hill Infant School commemorate Armistice Day with a field of poppies.

Schools and nurseries across Daventry District have created a range of poppy-themed displays to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Youngsters at Falconer’s Hill Infant School created a giant display of poppies facing onto the Ashby Road, which headteacher Coleen Wilkins said has been attracting plenty of comments from passers by.

At Weedon Primary School pupils have each created a ceramic poppy and planted it in their school playground to echo the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ exhibition at the Tower of London.

At Boddington primary children from years two to six planted poppies made from recycled materials in the flowerbeds at the front of the school with the help of a local artist.

Pupils at Long Buckby Junior School had their imaginations fired up by creating their own take on the poppy – creating a wreath out of old shoes in a nod to the village’s industrial past.

The pupils and staff at Welton Academy commemorated Remembrance Day with a ‘Ring of Remembrance around St Martin’s Church in the village.

The whole school held hands to form a ring right around the building and then observed the two minutes silence together at 11am.

Daventry District Council held a Remembrance Day event for nursery children, who enjoyed getting their hands messy for a poppy-themed art project marking the First World War Centenary.

Children enjoyed leaving red hand prints on boards during special sessions held at Little ‘Uns Day Care, Caring Kindergarten and Happy Faces Day Care in Daventry. The individual boards were put together and the hand prints turned into poppies by an 
artist for a display in Daventry.

The initiative was part of a community street art project being co-ordinated by Daventry District and South Northamptonshire Community Safety Partnership with support from Daventry & District Housing. The idea for the poppy theme came from Daventry District Council’s Big Poppy Plant project to increase wildflower numbers in the district.

The artwork follows on from the creation of a street art mural on the wall next to the skate park in the New Street Recreation Ground.

The poppy display will now go up in Daventry Town Council’s offices in New Street over the winter before being installed at the New Street Rec in the spring.

A plaque will be put up alongside to commemorate the First World War centenary and thank the children involved.