Pupils create their own Remembrance tribute to heroes

Pupils at Monkseaton High School with their own 'field of poppies' tribute as part of their Remembrance Service. Picture by John Tuttiett.
Pupils at Monkseaton High School with their own 'field of poppies' tribute as part of their Remembrance Service. Picture by John Tuttiett.

Youngsters have created their own tribute to the men and women who lost their lives fighting for their country.

Students at Monkseaton High School took inspiration from the ceramic poppies that went on display at the Tower of London last year to create their own display supporting north east veterans.

They created more than 200 poppies from clay, along with crosses, which provided the back drop to the school’s own Remembrance event on Armistice Day.

The art works decorated the grassed mound in the front of the school, as part of the ceremony.

And providing a focal point there was be a specially designed Remembrance dress designed by students and covered with poppies.

Headteacher Tracy Crowder said: “We consider it is very important that our children understand the reason we hold Remembrance Day.

“By using the wealth of creative talent among our students we will be able to do our own version of the Tower of London poppy display for a second year in a row.

“These will play a major part in our school Remembrance Day event when the wreaths and crosses and poppies will be displayed on the mound at the front of the school

“The poppies will also be used on a Remembrance ‘dress’ that the school will have on display.”

Staff and pupils also joined in a service, led by Father Tony Curtis, which saw music, readings and prayers ahead of the laying of the poppies on the mount.