Wreath finished for Remembrance day

Wreath finished for Remembrance day

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Art teacher Merranie Beal with headboy Akshay Sundru, headgirl Paris Scoby-Smith and principal Patricia Joss in front of the school’s mural. Photograph — Matt Devlin.
Art teacher Merranie Beal with headboy Akshay Sundru, headgirl Paris Scoby-Smith and principal Patricia Joss in front of the school’s mural. Photograph — Matt Devlin.

Clifton Hills primary school students unveiled an Anzac centenary themed mural on Monday in time for Remembrance day.

Art teacher Merranie Beal said with this year being the 100th year anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli students and staff wanted to do something special.

“We wanted something lasting, that all the children in years one to six could contribute to,” she said.

“Starting with our usual discussions about Anzac day we highlighted the significance of the poppy flower and the wreath.

“We decided to make a wall hanging with a poppy wreath in the centre. Each child in the school made a poppy which were placed together to form the wreath.

“We started with the older children to show them how to make them and then these children helped the younger ones in the school make theirs. Every child also made a hand print on the back ground.”

Ms Beal said parents helped out as well.

“We had quite a few mums come to our parent drop-in centre and cut out the many circles required for the children to make the poppies,” she said.

“Most significantly we had invaluable help from Colleen Carson, the grandmother of one of our students and Margaret Marshall, who has two sons at our school.

“They were an invaluable resource in both the planning and the putting together stages of the wall hanging.”

There were several other Remembrance day services yesterday in the city including special services at memorial park in Armadale and Araluen botanical park.

The Armadale RSL displayed a digger’s slouch hat made from knitted poppies made by groups around Australia for the Anzac day celebrations at Albany this year.