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Poignant postcards mark Armistice Day at Bishop's Stortford primary school Thorn Grove

Pupils at a Bishop's Stortford primary school wrote poignant postcards to mark Armistice Day (Wednesday November 11).

Social distancing rules restricted Thorn Grove pupils' usual poppy-focused Remembrance activities, but teacher Kathy Canavan came up with an alternative commemoration – she set up a postbox outside the school gate.

"Instead of making poppies, our focus has been on 'Remembrance Messages from Home'," she said. "I created some postcards similar to those issued around the time of the First World War. The pupils wrote individual postcard messages to the heroes and heroines of the past and present.

Poignant postcards at Thorn Grove Primary (43146849)
Poignant postcards at Thorn Grove Primary (43146849)

Khalisa, a Year 6 student, wrote: "Dear Heroes and Saviours, I want you to know we haven't forgotten you and the life-changing sacrifices you gave.

"I want you to know these things too. To the black people, thank you for staying strong even when doubted. And to the missing, sacrificed men and women, you made my life better. You will forever be in my heart."

Mrs Canavan said: "Parents, carers and the wider community were invited to join us by taking a 'tear-off' postcard, before writing their own message and posting it through our postbox."

The school also observed two minutes' silence to honour the country's war dead and the children sang Keep the Home Fires Burning, the British patriotic First World War song composed in 1914 by Ivor Novello.

Mrs Canavan said: "Despite the challenges we have all been experiencing, I am delighted our whole school community has come together in helping me to deliver this important commemoration in a moving and reverent way."

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