Pupils pay tribute to war heroes

Pupils Amelia Perrord, Charleigh Derbyshire, Abigail Neave take the cross from the school to the memorial garden.

Pupils Amelia Perrord, Charleigh Derbyshire, Abigail Neave take the cross from the school to the memorial garden.

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Staff and students at an Ilkeston school paid their respects to those fallen during the wars in a special memorial day.

During the last few months, pupils at Granby Junior School have taken part in poppy planting, cross-making and learning about war history, as well as digging a memorial garden in the school grounds to mark the cenetary of WW1.

Their efforts culminated in a special day on November 7, when students from each class carried crosses from the classroom to the garden.

Deputy Headteacher Linda Lilley said: “We decided as a school during the summer term that we wanted to do something special to commemorate the 100-year anniversary.

“The whole school has been involved in learning about poppy day and what it means.”

The garden now features a stone to commemorate the start of the First World War, 12 large white crosses decorated with poppies and many smaller crosses dedicated to fallen soldiers, nurses and animals - which the students decided upon individually.

Staff reorganised the school timetable so that everyone could be out in the playground for the two minutes of silence on November 11 and the students also had a special assembly taken by a visitor from Ebeneezer Church on Friday.

Ms Lilley added: “The children dressed up as soldiers and nurses. The message of the assembly was that there were injuries on both sides, in Germany and England.”

The memorial garden is now a permanent fixture at Granby Junior School and may be seen from the roadside on Charlotte Street.