Poppies on show

Hawley Place School has created a visual masterpiece after making 560 poppies out of clay in recognition of Remembrance Day.

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School children create ceramic poppy display

Ceramic poppies Credit: Hart District Council
Ceramic poppies Credit: Hart District Council
Ceramic poppies Credit: Hart District Council

Hawley Place School has created a visual masterpiece after making 560 poppies out of clay in recognition of Remembrance Day.

Over a period of three months, parents, students and staff at Hawley Place School have been working to create a ceramic poppy display. The children - aged from two to sixteen - worked in small groups to create, press, glaze and assemble the poppies.

The project was led by Mr Ghani, Deputy Chair of Hawley Place Parents’ and Teachers Association (PTA). The inspiration for the poppy making came from both the Paul Cummin installation at the Tower of London and the school’s own bi-annual Battlefields trip, which took place this year at the end of the summer holiday.

Speaking about the project Mr Stone, Principal at Hawley PlaceSchool, said: “We are fortunate to have such an active and involved PTA, who through their commitment and dedication to the school have produced an outstanding memorial to those who gave – and continue to give – their lives for us. The entire Hawley community has been involved in this inspirational activity which will be remembered for many years to come.”

On Friday 7 November Cllr Myra Billings, Chairman of HartDistrict Council, was invited to meet staff and students involved in theproject. Alongside the Chairman, veteran Jack Brant was invited as a thank you for his long standing service to the community by raising more than sixteen thousand pounds over the past few years selling poppies outside Waitrose in Frimley, on behalf of the British Legion.

Cllr Myra Billings, said: “This is an absolutely marvellousproject and I think that the children, by doing this project, have gained agreater understanding of what remembrance services are all about. My thanks to everyone involved in this fantastic display, including the PTA, school staff,children and the local businesses that were involved.”

The poppies will be on display over the next week. Following this they will be given to the person who sponsored the creation of the poppy. Hawley Place School hopes to raise over £2,000 for the Royal British Legion from the sale of the Hawley Place poppies.

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