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Poppies planted by pupils at Rhydyfro Primary School in Pontardawe

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

By Geraint Thomas

Pupils from Rhyd y Fro Primary School's eco council planting the flower bed of poppies with Groundwork volunteers and school governor councillor Linet Purcell.

Pupils from Rhyd y Fro Primary School's eco council planting the flower bed of poppies with Groundwork volunteers and school governor councillor Linet Purcell.

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A SWANSEA Valley school has planted a living reminder of the sacrifice that went into battling the First World War.

Soon, when pupils in Rhydyfro Primary School, near Pontardawe, enter their grounds in the morning they will be greeted with the sight of dozens of poppies blowing in the wind.

The flowers have been planted to begin the school's commemoration of the conflict which started in the summer of 1914.

One of the school's governors, councillor Linet Purcell, a keen gardener herself, helped prepare the ground and bought the seeds for the children to plant.

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She said: "I wanted our children to have the opportunity to plant their own Flanders poppies and to watch them grow as they study the First World War.

"Their studies will culminate in the children attending one of the Remembrance services at the War Memorial in Pontardawe in November. I hope that this will bring home to them the enormous sacrifice that was made by young people not much older than themselves so many years ago."

Acting Headteacher, Sarah Griffiths, said: "Planting poppies to commemorate the centenary of the start First World War has been a wonderful way for the children to mark this important event."

Of the pupils nine-year-old Ellie, said: "It was important to plant poppies to remember people who didn't come back from the war."

Luke, also nine, said: "It was lovely to all make something together to remember the soldiers who fought in First World War."

Ten-year-old Jasmine added: "It is important we remember the families who lost their dads, uncles and sons."

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 12 2014, 4:44PM

    Dai_Chotomy I imagine it's because they don't like my bit about Europe being interconnected. Some would rather we lived in the world of 1914 where every country in Europe distrusted the others. The fact is the countries of Europe have all learned to live together, apart from a few that is. Better to live together than what happen between the 1870's and 1945 when we all died together.

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  April 12 2014, 12:46PM

    I don't often agree with Neathboy, but I really don't understand why he is getting thumbs down on this.

  • Neathboy234  |  April 11 2014, 2:48PM

    Great picture of these youngsters remembering those who gave their lives, so that they can live in peace and security in the modern and interconnected Europe that we live in today.

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