Permanent Poppy Memorial Created by Local Students
Holly Lodge Girls’ College and students have teamed up to create a permanent poppy memorial on the school grounds which will be unveiled in a Remembrance ceremony today.
Inspired by the Weeping Window installation, currently at St Georges Hall, pupils from years 7, 8 and 9 worked alongside staff to design and create a ceramic poppy with recycled bottle top centres.
Staff and student representatives from each year group will welcome local veterans and a piper who have been invited to officially unveil the installation during a short ceremony as the school campus falls into silence at 11:00am.
500 individual poppies have been planted at heart of the school in the central court-yard and are now part of a permanent memorial with a lasting legacy.
Every September, year 7 pupils will have the opportunity to create their own poppy to add to the installation as part of a forward-thinking art programme that encourages all key stage 3 students to try out new creative skills, including sculpture.
Teacher of Art, Jane Napier said:” Our poppy memorial is a real testament to how, as a school we have come together to produce this beautiful installation. Year 13 students have carried out after-school workshops to teach staff how to create a poppy in preparation for working with local primary schools on another art venture at the Sefton Park Palm House”
Following a recent ‘Outstanding Arts in Secondary School’ nomination at the Educate 2015 awards, the school remains committed to nurturing students’ creative flair.
By Kate James