Commemorative poppy display created by Art pupils following Third Form Battlefields trip.
Third Form Art pupils and staff have created a stunning commemorative poppy display, following the year group’s cross-curricular visit to the Battlefield sites of France and Belgium in October. The eye-catching art installation, located on a wall near the Gatehouse, features 104 beautiful ceramic poppies – 64 made by pupils and 40 by staff. Each one was handmade, fired and glazed during a 50-minute lesson.
The permanent display echoes – albeit on a smaller scale - the dramatic ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ installation at the Tower of London in 2014, which marked the centenary of the First World War, with each poppy representing a British military fatality. Our ceramic poppies have the same glaze as that used on the Tower flowers.
Our Third Form learn about the First World War in History, and conflict is a major strand of their English studies, with World War One novels and the poetry of Wilfred Owen, amongst others, being discussed. As part of the Battlefields visit, each pupil photographed a war grave and subsequently researched the background of the soldier who was buried there.
Head of Art Mrs Lisa Bamford said: “The Battlefields visit is an ideal opportunity for pupils to experience first-hand the places that they are studying and to enhance their appreciation and understanding of this vital period. Along with other departments such as Biology, RS and even Maths, the Art department took the opportunity to tailor our teaching to the trip. The project will continue over the next four years, with pupils adding each year to the poppies already on the wall. I think you’ll agree the results are a fitting tribute to the fallen – many of whom had links to our School.”
Visit our photogallery to see how the poppies were made.