Loxford created our very own poppy arch and raises £225.11 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
This year we supported the Poppy Appeal in 2 ways.
Over the summer term groups of students led by their Art teachers created poppies from recycled plastic drinks bottles. They were cut, shaped and painted to represent the head of a poppy flower. We then used one of the arches in the Edible Playground to create our very own poppy arch. Year 12 students Vikki, Zainab and Mohsin came to school on a very rainy day in half-term to create this piece of symbolic art. The construction was supported by Mr Gevaux and Mr Spratt. The vibrant red colour can be seen along the school corridor and is a symbol of Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. It honours the contribution of civilian services and the uniformed services which contribute to national peace and security and acknowledges innocent civilians who have lost their lives in conflict and acts of terrorism.
The second way was the selling of poppies and badges for staff and students to wear. A number of Sixth Form students including Munir, Aimen, Safawat, Joneda, Thierry, Neelofar, Saran and Rahma visited classrooms, offices, the playground and canteen throughout the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday. This collection raised £225.11. Loxford students’ proudly wore their poppy to remember all those who lost their lives on active service in all conflicts; from the beginning of the First World War right up to the present day.
As good citizens we are proud to support the work of the Royal British Legion and just in case you are not aware of why we support this very worthy cause here is some background information…
As a result of the First World War, Britain’s economy plummeted and in 1921 there were two million people unemployed. Over six million men had served in the war. Of those who came back, 1.75 million had suffered some kind of disability and half of these were permanently disabled.
Then there were those who depended on those who had gone to war – the wives and children, widows, and orphans, as well as the parents who had lost sons in the war, on whom they were often financially dependent.
The Royal British Legion was established to care for those who had suffered as a result of service during the First World War and has been helping the Armed Forces community and their families ever since.
The poppy is a symbol of Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. Wearing one is a show of support for the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces, veterans and their families. It represents all those who lost their lives on active service in all conflicts; from the beginning of the First World War right up to the present day. It also honours the contribution of civilian services and the uniformed services which contribute to national peace and security and acknowledges innocent civilians who have lost their lives in conflict and acts of terrorism.
The poppy is red because that’s the natural colour of the poppy flower. During the First World War previously beautiful countryside was blasted, bombed and fought over, again and again. The landscape swiftly turned to fields of mud: bleak and barren where little or nothing could grow. But out of this devastation the delicate but resilient bright red Flanders poppies grew and flourished in their thousands.