Armistice 100: Remembrance through the eyes of our children

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Schoolchildren across the Portsmouth area have been commemorating Remembrance over the last week. Here is how they remembered our fallen heroes. 

Youngsters make wreaths and read poems to reflect on war  

Teddy Stevens 3 looking at some of the ceramic exhibits. Picture : Habibur Rahman

Teddy Stevens 3 looking at some of the ceramic exhibits. Picture : Habibur Rahman

Arundel Court Primary Academy in Portsmouth laid wreaths as part of their tribute to those who died in the First World War.

Deputy headteacher Rob Jones said: ‘Each class made a wreath and laid it in our school hall.

‘We then had a two-minute silence to show our respect. It was lovely to see that even children as young as five understood why we choose to wear a poppy with one little boy saying “It makes me feel better wearing a poppy because I don't like fighting".’ 

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Manor Nursery school children exploring the poppies that were made. Picture : Habibur Rahman

Manor Nursery school children exploring the poppies that were made. Picture : Habibur Rahman

Pupils show ‘incredible respect’ for armed forces’ sacrifices

Schoolchildren in Gosport have been praised by their deputy headteacher for how they have approached the school’s remembrance commemorations.

Woodcot Primary School deputy headteacher Michaela Beetlestone said: ‘The children have all shown incredible respect for the past, observing the two-minute silence beautifully and really engaging with everything we’ve done on remembrance this week.’ 

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Manor Infant School invited parents and carers to create poppies with their children for an exhibition. Picture : Habibur Rahman

Manor Infant School invited parents and carers to create poppies with their children for an exhibition. Picture : Habibur Rahman

Portsmouth schoolchildren inspired by Tower of London display 

The poppy display at the Tower of London was Copnor Primary School’s inspiration for their remembrance proceedings this year.

Deputy head Sara Petipher: ‘We wanted to give the children an opportunity to reflect on what those soldiers did for us.’

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Infants School pays tribute 
Pupils, parents and staff of Manor Infant School in Fratton designed an exhibition to teach children the significance of Remembrance Day.

Headteacher Ashley Howard said: ‘We wanted to raise the profile of the poppy, especially with it being 100 years since the end of the First World War.

‘We wanted the children to fully understand why we wear the poppy and that is to remember those who have died.’

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Pupils at Portsmouth school create stunning poppy pillar for Remembrance

A towering tribute was created by schoolchildren to honour all the men from Portsmouth killed during the First World War.

About 900 pupils from Miltoncross Academy united to create the impressive 8ft memorial.

The project was coordinated by teacher Mike Tumber, and has received praise from the academy’s principal, Fiona Calderbank.

She said: ‘I was very proud of all the students for wanting to take part in this project and for the respect that they have shown towards Portsmouth’s heritage. 

‘I was stunned at how the memorial looked when it was completed.’

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Fareham pupils brave driving rain in emotional Remembrance service

Hundreds of children stood silently in the driving rain to pay their respects to all the area’s fallen war heroes killed in the First World War.

Children and teachers were joined by veterans, families of current-serving troops and the deputy mayor of Fareham. 

Oliver Milnes, 15, read a story about a Fareham soldier killed during First World War, before thanking all of the veterans who had come to the ceremony for their military service.

‘It was a bit nerve-wracking but it felt good to stand up and pay my respects to the veterans,’ he said.

‘I just want to say thank you to all of them, and to show them how grateful we are, because we really wouldn’t be here without them.’ 

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Havant and Waterlooville college students unite during parade to remember the fallen
In honour of those who have lost their lives in wars and conflicts past and present, uniformed and public services students paraded through their college campus with pride. 

Cadet Sargent Major Ivan Austin brought the parade to attention and dismissed the students.

He said: ‘The parade went really well. It was because of everyone’s commitment and hard work from staff and students that it came together so well.’ 

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