Our Remembrance project this year centred around large poppies, created from the bottoms of plastic drinks bottles.  Year 6 painted them, with acrylic paints, while listen to WW1 music. The children also painted commemorative stones and some even wrote their own  war poems.

May I extend my thanks and gratitude to all the families who collected the bottles and to the lovely ladies who volunteered to help cut and shape the poppies prior to the children painting them.  We couldn’t have done this project without this ‘team effort’.

Please note that we are doing our best to use all our resources as responsibly as possible.  With that in mind, our Reception teachers have taken the top section of the bottles and are going to make an eco-greenhouse for their outdoor learning environment.


Their artwork will be display in our Prayer garden at school and also outside Co-op Funeral Care in Cowplain.

This was their write up:

Cowplain Remembrance Window – Honouring our fallen servicemen 

Once again, our local school, St Peter’s Catholic School in Waterlooville, has supported us with our wonderful Remembrance display. 

The children from year 6 have created the beautiful poppies that we have cascading down on the outside of the window. 

Out of lots of small crosses the children have also created this wonderful large cross, which looks so poignant and so effective. 

During the Blitz, 930 people were killed in Portsmouth, 2,837 were injured and over 6,000 properties were destroyed. 

The children decided that it would be a lovely idea to make memory stones for each person that lost their life in Portsmouth during the Blitz. 

They have painstakingly painted 930 stones and will be coming along to the Cowplain branch on Wednesday 10th at 11 o’clock with their headmaster, Mr Cunningham to hand out their memory stones to the community in Cowplain.  

Also, some of the children have written their own Remembrance poems, which have been made into scrolls ready for them to hand out with their memory stones on Wednesday. 

Remembrance Day gives people the chance to remember those who fought and lost their lives during the war and to honour their memory.  It makes sure that we never forget the past, and those who died didn’t die in vain.  

With fewer and fewer living survivors, it’s even more important than ever to remember the sacrifice’s these people made for our country.  Teaching our children about the importance of Remembrance Day will keep the memories of these soldiers and brave individuals alive now and in the future. 

I would like to personally thank Mrs Pearson, St Peters art teacher, for all her support in organising and creating such a wonderful display. 

Lastly a massive THANK YOU to all of the children in year 6 and to their headmaster Mr Cunningham for his support. 

Jackie Duthie and Lesley Alison

Funeral Co-ordinators

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