Firstly our class and English Teacher would like to thank the Royal British Legion (Chonburi Branch) and their wider UK partners here in Bangkok for giving our school a number of poppies. We are very thankful for this very generous gift- a powerful symbol to remember all those who sacrificed themselves in war. We did a photoshoot with the poppies and found learning about Armistice and Remembrance in our English lessons really exciting and thought provoking!
Our English class is currently studying a module on Animals in Poetry so we wrote our own ‘haikus’ (Short poems of a set number of lines/syllables) to represent those animals who helped people in the war. Our teacher explained to us how animals had a key role in war because some of them helped by delivering messages and some of the animals helped men move around in the Great War (1914-1918) and in future conflicts.
Working in pairs to write haikus about the animals was a lot of fun because we learned about what animals could actually do in the past. We then co-wrote our own poems with our teacher’s guidance and his support helped structure our ideas.
Today some of our classmates attended an event at the French Embassy to pay their respects, but a lot of us did not know how important this day is to our friends in the United Kingdom. We were moved to learn about the real meaning behind this day. We enjoyed learning about the significance of poppies and the work done by the Royal British Legion for servicemen and their families worldwide.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
From ‘For the Fallen’ by R L Binyon
Text written by: Emma (6B), Louna (6B) and Jessica (6C) 11th September, 2021