Inspired by the ceramic poppies at the Tower of London last year, and a visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park by Year 10 students, the Art Department made over one thousand poppies to commemorate each soldier, from Blackburn, who died in the Great War of 1914-18. Whilst making the poppies pupils from year 7 to year 11 have been learning about the origin of the symbol of the poppy and its significance today.

The Design Technology department made the white crosses, each of which carries the name of a soldier from Blackburn who was killed in the war. At 11.00 am today, the 11th of November, we will have the Last post and a two minutes silence. Pupils will view on screen footage showing images of soldiers who have died in more recent conflicts. We think it is important to teach the pupils of the sacrifices made by these men and women in order that we can have the freedom that we take for granted.

Recent research suggests that 4 in 10 people do not know about the 2 minutes silence. In order to address this youngsters, from St Bede’s joined young people from across Blackburn, to attend the Service of Remembrance at Blackburn Cathedral and Corporation Park on last Sunday. Blackburn has a strong tradition of “Remembering” those who gave their life for this country and her traditions.

The pupils in the photograph are some of the children who will travel to the battlefields in France and Belgium in early December to see the trenches and show their respect for the dead.