LVS Ascot school commemorated the 100th year anniversary of the end of the First World War as all students from 4 to 18 created a ceramic poppy for an art installation in the school grounds.
The result was a sea of over 800 painted poppies of which the final ones were planted on Friday 9 November by a student from every class from Reception to Year 13 (video here). The school’s commemorations will continue this week with a school production about the First World War for which the entirely original script and music have been written within school.
The poppy operation began in September as class by class everyone at the independent all-ability school had a session creating their own individual tribute to remember fallen soldiers, with their poppies then being fired and glazed (video here). An individual number on each poppy means that the poppies can be returned to students to take home as a keepsake.
LVS Ascot Head of Art Rebecca Sandford said: “This has been a really reflective, creative and inclusive exercise and it has been great to get the whole school involved. It has really united the students across all years as the older ones have helped the juniors with both making their poppies and planting them too”.
All students at the school came together on Friday in The Street, the school’s covered outdoor area, to pay their respects at a special Remembrance Day service, which was marked by a two minute silence and a beautiful rendition of the last post played by Year 11 student Hector Earnshaw on his trumpet (video here).
Commemorations are continuing this week as students prepare to star in a new play called All Our Children which is an entirely original production created within the school. The play has been written by LVS Ascot Head of Drama Georgina Windsor, with the musical score written by a Year 11 student. The young actors will captivate up to 250 people a night in their professional theatre as the show follows the lives of three orphaned brothers and the paths they travel through 1914 – 1918. Students will perform the play on the evenings of Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 November.