As part of the centenary celebrations of WW1 Woodland decided to embark on a yearlong project where each child and member of staff made a ceramic poppy to represent the lives lost. We used a local artist, Kerry Machin, who worked with each class.
Word travelled fast about the children’s work and on 7th November 2015 our school was invited to Skelmersdale Library where a book of Remembrance, which was put together by members of Skelmersdale Ex Services Association, was presented. The Fallen Heroes of Skelmersdale was the culmination of two years research and was put together with the help of Skelmersdale Pupil Parliament.
Members of Skelmersdale Ex Services Association attended a special assembly on 11th November at Woodland school where our Poppy Memorial Garden was officially opened. Also in the music room inside school there is a wall covered in ceramic poppies. During the afternoon we had a special visit from the Mayor of West Lancashire who was very impressed by our garden. We felt it was important to have a permanent reminder, both inside and outside the school, of sacrifices that were made by our local heroes.
Every year at Woodland we make it our aim to do something extra special for remembrance day. This year the children did some amazing pieces of work in class that we thought would be lovely to display all around school. From pictures, to poems, to letters written to loved ones from the trenches.