School’s special poppies tribute

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Pupils at Morpeth’s high school put together a colourful tribute to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who have died in battle over the last 100 years.

A corridor display of poppies was created at King Edward VI School for Armistice Day.

From left, Rhona Wilkinson, Sophie Barr, Angus Kirk, teacher Rachel Sharples, Grace Hoggan and Naomi Lane with the KEVI poppy display.

From left, Rhona Wilkinson, Sophie Barr, Angus Kirk, teacher Rachel Sharples, Grace Hoggan and Naomi Lane with the KEVI poppy display.

All students made one and in some cases it was in memory of a particular person – they visited the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, which has a First World War and Second World War database, to research their family names to add to any knowledge they may have already had about relatives in the Armed Forces.

History teacher Rachel Sharples said: “Many of the poppies were in tribute to a family member and the display has created a lot of interest among the students.

“They have had a look at the messages written by their friends and it has provoked discussions among them about war-related issues.”

Sixth form student Angus Kirk, who features in the video, read the poem Dulce et Decorum est by Wilfred Owen before the two-minute silence at the school on Tuesday.