1500 poppies at Myddelton College for Remembrance Day

Display with over 1500 poppies decorates the lawn at Myddelton College in time for Remembrance Day

This year Staff and students at Myddelton College, Denbigh, have created our Remembrance Day display made up of over 1500 poppies, almost doubling last year’s effort! The poppies help commemorate soldiers lost at War.

The display was the brain child of our brilliant Art Teacher, Mrs. Gail Jones in collaboration with Mrs. Jo Orchard, (History Department), Mrs. Laura Hughes (Music and Drama) and Mrs. Rehan-Williams (Head of Faculty) as well as all of the staff body who worked tirelessly to produce the poppies. The whole school body mobilized; everyone in school was enthusiastically involved, and a competitive element amongst the four houses to create the most poppies generated a real hubbub around the school. Students created poppies from red card to attach on a red ribbon; which flowed down one of the buildings onto the grass area in front of the school symbolically representing the blood of the fallen soldiers. The idea was stimulated by the art installation at The Tower of London, named The Blood Swept Land and Seas of Red, which was initiated to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI and attracted over four million visitors.

The service opened with Sam Holt (Head Boy) and Lucinda Charlesworth-Powell (Head Girl) reciting ‘In Flanders’ Fields’

This year our chef Mr. Lee Perret (who served for 10 years with the British Army  Household Cavalry in Windsor and conducted tours of Northern Ireland Bosnia and Kosovo) lead our air and army cadets and in honor of the fallen soldiers recited the Ode of Remembrance..

Myddelton College’s Headteacher, Mr Mark Roberts says:

“This is our 2nd Remembrance Service, and a tradition we will build on in future. This is vital for us as we grow because the values of the 3 Pillars of Myddelton College: Fellowship, Scholarship and Resilience are closely concomitant with the principles of the British Army and having signed the Armed Forces Covenant we feel it is an honor  to observe the Remembrance service and esteem our Armed Forces.”

The students in Year 10 conducted an assembly about the significance of the poppy; with regards to WWI and WWII, they taught the rest of the school about the sacrifices given by service personnel and why they, as young people, have the freedoms they have today.

“The effort from staff and students is outstanding!” said Mr Ayres (Deputy Head teacher).

In addition to the display in commemorating the fallen soldiers, a two minutes silence across school was held at 11 and the last post was sounded by the Deputy Head, Mr Stuart Ayres.  To end the service some of Myddelton’s musicians; Charlotte Grosart, Lillie McCabe Allen and Eryn Debonnaire-White (who are also cadets with Combined Cadet Force) preformed the hymn ‘Abide with Me’ in a Capella harmony. The hymn was popular with the soldiers of The First World War, the girls sang it beautifully, paying excellent homage to the fallen soldiers.


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