School recognises First World War centenary with remembrance service

Children at Crofton Anne Dale Infant School in Stubbington have taken part in a ceremony in honour of remembrance Sunday.'Picture Ian Hargreaves  (181002-3_remembrance)
Children at Crofton Anne Dale Infant School in Stubbington have taken part in a ceremony in honour of remembrance Sunday.'Picture Ian Hargreaves (181002-3_remembrance)

MORE than 550 poppies handmade by pupils formed a poppy wave to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.  

Poetry, painting and stories were performed alongside the poppy wave as part of the remembrance service held at Crofton Anne Dale Federations of Schools in Stubbington.

Executive headteacher Lorraine Phillips said: ‘As a school community we wanted to recognise one hundred years since the end of World War I and we dedicated the first four weeks of the autumn term to work that reflected the theme of “Hope, Peace and Remembrance”.

‘We started from their own families with each child completing homework during the summer break researching their family tree and finding links to the First World War. We were overwhelmed with the quality and quantity of work produced and the children were so proud to share their findings which we displayed all around the school.’

Friends and family were invited to the event along with a number of invited guests including members of families currently serving in the armed forces and veterans of the armed forces who live in the local community.

Vicar the Rev Richard England from Holy Rood Church in Stubbington led the service which featured songs of remembrance and a minute’s silence preceded by the Last Post played by Infant school teacher Natasha Marchant.

Ms Phillips added: ‘I was delighted by the response of the school community to the afternoon’s events and am extremely proud of the children who were superb representatives of the federation.’