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Poppies on the catwalk, poetry and poppies in the park: approaching Remembrance Day.

9th November 2018

With Poppy Appeal well underway, the Poppyscotland Learning team have been delighted to hear all about the many inspiring and thoughtful ways that schools, young people and communities all over Scotland have been commemorating as we approach Remembrance Day.

 

Poppyscotland was proud to be represented by 17 year old Georgi Watson at the FashionABLE Year of Young People catwalk show held at The Scottish Parliament on 8th November, at which Georgi wore a beautiful poppy dress created by Edinburgh-based designer Isabell Buenz. The dress was created out of fabric from Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory, where Georgi’s father Robert works. Launched in 2016, the FashionABLE catwalk show is a not for profit event that promotes diversity, inclusion and empowerment across the fashion industry and society as a whole.

 

 

Jason Leitch, an 11 year old pupil at St Columba’s School in Kilmacolm, Inverclyde, has written the moving poem ‘They Said’ after studying war poetry at school. Jason says, “I wrote the poem after reading ‘Remembrance’ by Theresa Breslin as part of my English homework. It gave me a new understanding of war from a soldier’s perspective, that there are so many shades of grey and it is not simply just a good or bad experience.” You can read Jason’s poem below:

 

 

Anne Denny and the Friends of Bishopbriggs Park group have created recycled poppies from discarded plastic bottles to create an powerful ‘Poppies in the Park’ feature. The feature has provided a place of reflection and remembrance for the local community, as well as giving thrown away plastic a new lease of life.

 

 

Remember – you can access free learning materials and resources through our website to support your school’s fundraising and remembrance activities throughout Poppy Appeal and beyond. Get in touch with us at learning@poppyscotland.org.uk to find out more.