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Manchester High School for Girls

The Poppy Project – Remembering the Fallen

In anticipation of Remembrance Day, pupils from the Prep, Senior School and Sixth Form joined staff in remembering soldiers who lost their lives during World War 1 and War World War 2 as part of The Poppy Project.

Every girl was given the name of a fallen soldier and asked to research their life; where they were born, where they fought and how they died, as well as any interesting stories about their time on the battlefield. They then wrote their story onto a poppy alongside a message of thanks, which formed part of a striking and poignant exhibit in Main Reception.

Rebecca McGonnell (Year 8) and Isabel Newman (Year 3) viewing the display.

Miss Martin, who devised the project, commented: “I feel very passionately about remembering soldiers who gave their lives for our country and I’m eager that the girls appreciate the importance of respecting and understanding the sacrifice these brave men made. By asking pupils to research an individual, I hoped they would put themselves in the shoes of a soldier and imagine the fright, terror and dedication they experienced on the battle field. Some of our older students were shocked to discover how young many of the fallen were when they lost their lives.”

A number of pupils were shocked to discover that the soldiers they had been given were relatives, which meant their families could share stories that had been passed down through generations.

Mrs Hewitt, Head Mistress, said: “The display in Main Reception looks absolutely fantastic and I would like to thank Miss Martin and Miss Welsby for putting it together. Many pupils have approached me to tell me about their soldiers, which shows just how successful the project has been. It’s incredibly important that we remember the fallen and I’m incredibly pleased that our girls have engaged with The Poppy Project in such a solemn and respectful manner.”

At 11am on Monday, Manchester High will fall silent as the Last Post is played in the Rose Garden. Girls will then be invited to view the exhibition and remember those who are named.

You can read more about Manchester High School for Girls' role in the war here.