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Poppies of the Valley

As the poppies from The Tower of London are dismantled pupils, staff and governors of St John Baptist Church in Wales High School are building their garden of poppies as a reflection of the peace which must come from remembrance. During the month of November at St. John Baptist Church in Wales High School, over a thousand poppies will be individually designed and planted at the front of school, inspired by the memorial installation at The Tower of London. During a special assembly held for each year of the school, the students at the school look at the work of the Royal British Legion before praying and reflecting on the need for remembrance and how the Christian faith requires us to do so. The students and staff then personalise their poppies before walking in silence to “plant” their poppy and on returning they are asked to reflect on how they can bring about peace in their situation. The liturgy draws to an end with a reflection set to music on the Nobel Prize winning peace work of Muslim school girl Malala Yousafzai.

Dr S M Mitchell, Headteacher said ‘This is a moving and inspirational service which is a fitting tribute to those who have served and are serving in the Royal Forces. It also focuses our whole school community on how we can strive to bring peace to the world. We are grateful to Father David Way for preparing the service as well as other local clergy.’