Staff and pupils create giant Remembrance poppy

Staff and children at St Mary’s Primary School in Richmond created a giant poppy on the playground to share the message of peace.

Children also wrote poetry and letters to MP Rishi Sunak.

The school created a range of poppy artwork to celebrate recently gaining a Silver Artsmark Award.

Headteacher Katie Whitehead said the school was working towards becoming a UNICEF Rights Respecting School.

“we started this exciting journey in 2020 and have already achieved our Bronze Award. We are currently working towards the next stage, which is the Silver Award.

“Within our community, all children, families and staff need to be aware of the rights of the child, from the United Nations’ Convention.

“We linked our learning about Remembrance Day to article 38 from the convention, which says all children have the right to live in peace and be protected from war.”

She added: “It has been a great way to come together as a school and mark remembrance day, remembering all members of the armed forces past and present.

“The school joined virtually with other schools across North Yorkshire participating in a service of remembrance taking place at Ripon Cathedral.

“St Mary’s was represented at the Friary Gardens on Sunday where the headboy and headgirl laid a wreath as a mark of respect.”

The school is holding an open day on Wednesday, November 17 from 4pm to 5pm for reception 2022 parents.