Meet the Winners of the Future of Remembrance Competition 2019

Sophie Henderson, St Patrick’s Primary School

(winner in the Primary School category)

Sophie’s poem ‘In Future Fields’ was shortlisted because of its clever and emotive language as well as its evocative link and modern twist on the famous poem ‘In Future Fields’ by John McCrae. McCrae’s poem helped to create the use of the poppy flower as the symbol of Remembrance. Sophie’s poem we have heard has already gained its own notoriety! A local musician in her hometown has put it to music.

Archie Malloch and Ruaridh Blackadder, Oban High School

(winners in the Secondary school category)

Archie & Ruaridh’s ‘Christmas Day Football Match Charity Event’ idea was shortlisted because it is intentionally reminiscent of the football match or matches that were played between British and German troops on Christmas Day 1914 in the trenches during the First World War. The boys wrote next to their drawing of a footballer that the match would be played by retired football players and the money raised would go to Poppyscotland. It is a nostalgic and relevant event which we imagine many people would enjoy.

Runners-Up in the Future of Remembrance Competition 2019

‘Clay Model with VR’ by Anna Watson – Monikie Primary School (P7 in 2019)

Anna’s intriguing ‘Clay model depicted someone wearing a virtual reality headset showing the destruction of the First World War’. It was shortlisted because it suggested that virtual reality could be used extremely effectively to immerse people in an experience that could show them what it really was like in a war: the destruction, the confusion, the noise, the fear etc. It was a unique way of engaging with people who may ever get the chance to visit a war memorial.

‘Parachuter – Bringing Us Peace – Now and Then’ by Gilbert Green, St Mary’s Melrose School (P5 in 2019)

Gilbert Green’s drawing ‘Parachuter – Bringing Us Peace – Now and Then’ is a really striking artistic image full of vibrant colours, brushstrokes and clean lines that draw you in and let you interpret the image in your own way. Is it a paratrooper from the past? Or a person doing a Poppy jump for charity today? We think the use of the poppy imagery in the parachute and his wording of ‘Bringing Us Peace – Now and Then’ says it all. A really stand-out entry.

‘Eye’ by Libby Ross & ‘Tear’ by Elena de Gier, St Mary’s Melrose School (S2 in 2019)

Libby Ross’ drawing ‘Eye’ and Elena de Gier’s drawing ‘Tear’ were put together by the judges to create one visually stunning joint entry depicting an eye holding a teardrop. As we hope you will agree both drawings go very well together. The drawing of the Eye could be seen as looking into the past or into the future and is highly evocative. The complimenting drawing is a Teardrop, representing the sorrow of war, which holds inside it a graphic containing the words ‘Look to your past to see your future’. Inside the Tear is also shadow drawing of a service person who could be from any era and surrounded by poppies. Two very lovely pieces of work.

‘Remembrance in the Future’ by Lilly, Katie, Rebecca and Charley-Rae, Blairgowrie High School (S3 in 2019)

After enjoying debating the ‘Remembrance in the Future’ event concepts presentation by Lilly, Katie, Rebecca and Charley-Rae, the judges thought it was clear that a lot of imaginative discussion had taken place and that the girls had considered how the tradition of Remembrance could be enhanced by modern technology. They reflected on the poppy itself and how sustainability might be contemplated in the future. The judges were particularly impressed by the holograms idea – who would parade down the street at Remembrance time – and the use of household robots, who would in the future, tell us stories of war. A very intriguing, future-themed and dynamic entry.