Poppy dress perfect as youngest pupils reveal special tribute

Poppy dress perfect as youngest pupils reveal special tribute

Published on 3 October 2018

Key headlines:

  • Pupil putting poppy on dressPrimary 1 to Primary 3 pupils create unique dress, featuring 1,000 handcrafted poppies, one by each child

  • Part of GWC’s commemoration of the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War

  • Our youngest pupils are learning about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) international agreement that every child has the right to be safe and free from harm

  • Earlier this year, we received a British Council International School Award, recognising the work done within global education and as a UNICEF Rights Respecting School

Our Primary 1 to Primary 3 pupils today unveiled a stunning gown made out of poppies.

Poppy Dress made by P1 pupilsThe beautiful dress was revealed as the Edinburgh school launches its commemorations for the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Pupils and staff from our School have a long, proud history of service to the armed forces, which is acknowledged on our War Memorial. According to the school’s war records, 797 people died serving their country in military action. Of that number, 610 perished in the First World War.

For children in P1-P3, their beautiful efforts are the outcome of a series of lessons focusing on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), not least that every child should have the right to be safe and free from harm.

Earlier this year, Watson’s secured a British Council International School Award for its work within global education and as a UNICEF Rights Respecting School.

The gown is made entirely out of poppies, each one handcrafted by one of the 355 children in P1-P3,

In what became a very personal task, many of the children brought a button from home to use in the creation of their poppy. The poppies are formed of red fabrics for petals, black pompoms, buttons, beads and sequins.

The final effort is striking in its appearance, even more so when considering the collaboration required to pull off such an ambitious project.

The gown will be displayed this weekend (Saturday 6 October) as part of our Open Morning 2018.

Deputy Head Teacher Kate Wilson explained that our pupils were hugely enthused about the dress.

“This is a project which has inspired our children and the final outcome is gorgeous,” she said.

“Our pupils have been learning about the rights that should always be afforded to them – and importantly – others like them, wherever they are in the world.

“We talk about ‘challenging yourself, caring for others,’ and that understanding is never truer when we think of the situations that children face, in different parts of the world.” 

Further events are planned in the build-up to next month’s Remembrance including:

  • Our Pipe Band are visiting the battlefields on 12 October; they will be playing at the Menin Gate

  • A commemoration service taking place for Lt David McGregor VC, who was educated at both Watson’s and George Heriot's on 22 October

  • The school’s own Remembrance Service will take place on Friday 9 November

  • Our Pipe Band will play at the unveiling of a permanent memorial to Scottish poets from World War One at Makars’ Court on 23 November