Colyton Grammar School
World War One
Centenary Commemorations 2018
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To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, every member of our school community - students, staff, trustees and others - has been asked to hand-make a poppy, which will be personalised with their name and brief message of dedication and used to create a huge display of over 1,100 poppies.

A team of volunteer ‘poppy project students’ is also making a set of larger poppies to represent the old Colytonians named on the school’s war memorial.

Our aim is to make this display a visually stunning, hopefully moving, and fitting tribute to the servicemen and women of WWI - we already have several exciting and imaginative ideas.

In the autumn of 2018, we plan to take the poppy installation out on display in local churches, halls and primary schools, before returning it to the school for Remembrance week.

Below are various posters and templates to help inspire you to make your poppy. We would like to receive as many as possible by the 2017 autumn term, so that we can start concentrating on constructing the display from early 2018 onwards. If you don't get it done before, why not make your poppy during the summer holiday?

Please send completed poppies to the school library with your name and dedication attached (maximum 6 words).

Thank you

Mrs Burns-Price, Sam & Emeline (Y12), and the Poppy Project team.

Poppy Poster - .... Poppy Template - ..... Knitting & Crochet Patterns - .... Click here for: Free poppy patterns online

Collection box in the school library and examples of some easy-to-make poppies sent in by one family



The poppy is

  • A symbol of Remembrance and hope
  • Worn by millions of people
  • Red because of the natural colour of field poppies

The poppy is NOT

  • A symbol of death or a sign of support for war
  • A reflection of politics or religion
  • Red to reflect the colour of blood

Wearing a poppy is a personal choice and reflects individual and personal memories. It is not compulsory but is greatly appreciated by those it helps - those currently serving in the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families and dependants.