Students at Samworth Church Academy plant Remembrance Poppy Field

Samworth poppies REAt the 11th hour on the 11th day, Samworth Church Academy in Mansfield held a Remembrance Service and planted a poppy field to remember the sacrifices made by all who have been involved in conflict.

Students from the Academy Cadets (Combined Cadet Force) helped to plant the poppies.  Renatas Ovcinikovas, a year 11 student and cadet, said: “I think the poppy display in front of the Academy is good to remind people of the sacrifice that others have made.”

Faith Darby, a year 10 student and also a member of the cadets agreed: “I thought it was very good to make people think about the wars and what soldiers have done for us in those wars. I enjoyed showing my appreciation for what they have done.”

Michael Bullett, Chaplain at Samworth Church Academy, said students were involved in the lead up to the ceremony and made their own contributions to the poppy field.

“It is important that the students are involved in the ceremony rather than just spectators. On the lead up to the day they have been reflecting on the sacrifice and history and have written messages of peace that we have displayed publicly  in front of the school. I have been very conscious of actively trying to get students to see the cost of the sacrifice that soldiers have made for us.”

The Academy’s Chair of Governors and also President of The Royal British Legion Farnsfield,  Nick Linney, said it was more important than ever to ask people to stop and consider the conflicts of the past and the sacrifices made by others.

“I think that continuing to be a better place or a better country has to include an awareness of the past and a feeling for past struggles, as well as past achievements,” he said.