Poppy fence:


Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By Myles Peter­son

Hun­dreds are set to gather at Un­dera Pri­mary School this Sun­day to com­mem­o­rate the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War I.

In prepa­ra­tion, school par­ent and vol­un­teer Carolyn Archibald has been busily cro­chet­ing a hun­dred pop­pies.

‘‘The plan was that I would make enough for the stu­dents so each of them could put a poppy on the wall, and I started in Oc­to­ber,’’ she said.

‘‘But this is the 100th year an­niver­sary since the war fin­ished, so I thought how cool would it be if we had a hun­dred pop­pies to rep­re­sent the hun­dred years?’’

The school has a strong his­tor­i­cal con­nec­tion to the war, rep­re­sented by a me­mo­rial that sits on its grounds.

Un­veiled in 2015, the me­mo­rial tells the story of lo­cal res­i­dents who en­listed and em­barked for the Mid­dle East and Europe — many never re­turned.

Along­side those sto­ries are listed the names of the fallen.

School prin­ci­pal David Far­rell said the me­mo­rial had be­come a gath­er­ing point for the lo­cal com­mu­nity around the key dates of April 25 and Novem­ber 11.

‘‘I reckon we’ll see no less than a hun­dred and it could be two hun­dred . . . the event does tend to bring peo­ple who haven’t been here in a while,’’ he said. ● The com­mem­o­ra­tion be­gins at Un­dera Pri­mary School on Sun­day at 10.30 am. Sched­uled guest speaker is Noel Maughan.

Un­dera Pri­mary School Year 4 student Bethany Archibald ad­mires her mother Carolyn’s hand­i­work — hun­dreds of hand-sewn pop­pies dis­played on the school fence in the lead-up to the school’s Ar­mistice Day cer­e­mony on Sun­day.

Pic­tures: Rod­ney Braith­waite

His­tor­i­cal con­nec­tion: David Far­rell and Year 4 student Bethany Archibald in front of Un­dera Pri­mary School’s Wall of Remembrance.

Beau­ti­ful: Foun­da­tion student Jack­son Eddy, 5, study­ing on of the cro­cheted pop­pies.

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