Methodist Ladies College students and staff create 1000 poppies

(L to R) Methodist Ladies College Year 9 students Ella Miles, Maya Farah and Lily Mather.
(L to R) Methodist Ladies College Year 9 students Ella Miles, Maya Farah and Lily Mather.

STUDENTS and staff from Methodist Ladies College took four months to create five installations, with a total of 1000 handmade poppies, to commemorate Remembrance Day.

Head of Design and Technology Ms Susan Miller said she was inspired to launch the project after she heard of the 5000 Poppies Project.

The project began in 2013 with installations in Federation Square, Melbourne and the Chelsea Flower Show in London.

Ms Miller said this year the project took place at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

“I heard about it last year, discussed it with the then-principal and thought why don’t we do something like this?” she said.

“We fell short for one from each girl but there is nearly 1000 altogether and we had a goal of creating 1200.

“Most of them are made out of fabrics, beads, threads, sequins but staff and teachers that contributed, knitted them or crocheted poppies out of wool.”

Year nine student Ella Miles said the project was special to many of her fellow students.

“A lot of us have great grandparents and ancestors that experienced their life through the war and may have passed away defending their country,” she said.

Ms Miller said the school would use the poppy displays for Remembrance Day over the next few years.