Students Create 'Thoughtful Display' To Mark Remembrance Day

Tollbar Academy student Freya Booth with a close-up of the wreath of poppies created to mark Remembrance Day, which forms part of a display by students.

Tollbar Academy students have produced a thoughtful poppy display to mark Remembrance Day in a socially-distanced way.

Armistice Day takes place on November 11 and is also known as Remembrance Day. It marks the day World War One ended in 1918, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month. A two-minute silence is held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars.

The whole country has been forced to scale down its Remembrance Day services this year due to Covid-19 and the Academy, which usually marks the occasion with a march past by students and local cadets in uniform, has also had to change its approach. This year's display is a collaboration between students in the English and Art Departments.

Charlotte Hodgson, Curriculum Leader for English, said: "Students in Year 8 spent some time exploring war poetry and what it was like to fight on the frontline during WW1.

"Through exploration of John McCrae's poem "In Flanders Fields," students thought about the life of a soldier, how they must have felt and the reasons why they did what they did. The students then used these ideas to link to Armistice Day and develop some lines of poetry to acknowledge, celebrate and reflect upon this period in our country's history, recognising those who fought for us to live the lives we live today."

Tony Davis, Head of Art at Tollbar Academy, said: "We are super impressed with the responses and thoughtfulness of the students efforts. They exhibited a real interest in creating a meaningful and considered approach in this current climate."

Tollbar Academy students mark Remembrance Day while socially-distancing. Freya Booth lays a wreath of poppies with (l-r) George Treacy, Aaron Hager, Willow Vickers, Amelia Targett, and members of staff.

Part of the Tollbar Academy Remembrance Day display created by students.

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