Our Head Teacher, Mrs Kim Dorian-Kemp is passionate about the needs of every individual child at our school. Having discussed different activities with our Military Kids Club and Young Carers, we started to plan our own poppy garden. Some of our MKC and School Council children are attending the Remembrance Service at Efford Crematorium on Wednesday 8th November and our year 5/6 children are currently learning about WW2. So, as a school and thanks to Isaac from our MKC club, we were inspired to create our own poppy wave, especially having seen the exhibit on the Hoe and in the Tower of London. “We want to make our school poppies look like the Tower of London.”
Working with Debbie Sweet, Stacey Chapman and students from Lipson Community College (who have been extremely supportive), we thought that it would be nice if our local community joined us. We have had parents, carers and grandparents, local councillors and school governors coming in to make their poppies to go onto the ‘High View Poppy Wave’, with extra sessions being run by our local community group ‘Take-A-Part’ within the ‘Crazy Glue’ session with our school artist Soraya Phillips.
Some of the Manor Court residents (we are currently championing the ‘Archie Project’ to raise awareness of dementia) are also visiting the school to make their poppies to join the ‘High View Poppy Wave’.
Lipson Community College have very kindly offered the use of their kiln and once our poppies have been glazed, we will then construct our school wave. Our Site Manager, Paul Hancock has given so much of his time into planning the supporting structure. Again, this is where members of our local community have been amazing at coming together to remember those who gave up so much, and are going to help create our wave template.
All of this would not have been possible without the support of so many people including Debbie Sweet, Stacey Chapman and the sixth form students from Lipson Community College, our artist Soraya Phillips, Gemma Smith, Paul Hancock and sponsorship from Paul Brimacombe at PB Laminate.
Following our Remembrance Service, we plan to ask for a minimum donation of £1.50 for a poppy in order to raise funds for the Royal British Legion. Mrs Ingram has also pledged to match the funds raised from the poppy wave, in memory of her father, Major Neil Ward, who spent his life dedicated to the RAMC.
If you would like to make a donation to the Royal British Legion or make a donation in return for one of our poppies, please contact our school reception 01752 772984. *Subject to availability.
We will remember them.