Blair School students craft 1000 poppies for Armistice Centenary

Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard joins in with students from Blair State School, making poppies for Armistice Day

One hundred years ago on the 11th of November 1918, four bloody, devastating years of brutal conflict came to an end.

During World War 1, 62,000 Australians soldiers died fighting in the service of our nation, and for the freedom we enjoy today.

To commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War, Queenslanders will join the nation, and the world, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice on Sunday 11 November 2018.

Students at Blair State School were granted the opportunity to make Remembrance Day poppies as part of a state-wide art project for the Armistice Centenary.

The students’ poppies will now form part of a 3m x 16m ‘REMEMBER’ sign which will tour Queensland between 6 October and 11 November.

While getting the technique right was difficult at first, the Year 6 students soon mastered the craft and managed to make 1000 poppies over a space of a few hours.

Member for Ipswich and Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Jennifer Howard MP, attended the poppy-making workshop and was delighted to see students getting into the spirit of poppy-making.

“The workshop was a great opportunity for students to take part in an historic milestone and to talk to them about why we wear the poppy on Remembrance Day,” said Ms Howard.

“I couldn’t be more proud that students from Blair State School are participating in this special Armistice Centenary project and that their poppies will be part of the touring display.”

Art teacher at Blair State School, Megan Gaynor, organised the poppy-making workshop and said the workshop was a great way to teach students about history while helping them to develop and improve their fine motor skills.

“I did a trial run with some of the students on Thursday, and some of them enjoyed making the poppies so much they took kits home with them to make some more,” Ms Gaynor said.

“The workshop was not only useful in helping students understand the historic symbolism of the poppy, but it also gave them a sense of being part of history.”

For those interested in donating poppies for the tour, visit to find a poppy-making event near you, or to order your own kit.