Wimborne school children have created a beautiful mark of remembrance to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Taking inspiration from Salisbury Cathedral’s famous wave of doves, the pupils of Allenbourn Middle School have created a flight of rainbow-coloured butterflies.
This beautiful display now takes centre stage at the west end of Wimborne Minster.
Allenbourn’s head of art, Pippa Martin, said: “We were delighted to accept a commission from the Minster to create a hanging installation to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the end of the First World War.
“We chose butterflies as they symbolise resurrection and the rainbow-coloured theme is a symbol for new beginnings, reconciliation after conflict and hope for a better future.
“Peace, like butterflies, is notoriously fragile and needs to be nurtured. It starts and continues with each one of us and how we treat each other.
“It was a very moving experience to watch the children become so immersed in the project; you could see how much it meant to them.”
The butterflies were created over a three week period with the children giving up parts of their lunch breaks to make their creations.
Each pupil from the Wimborne Academy Trust school wrote a personal message on the coloured paper before they folded it to form the butterfly.
Their messages included hope for those caught up in the Syria conflict, gratitude for those who gave their lives in the two world wars and a commitment to be tolerant.
CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust, Liz West, said: “We are incredibly proud of everyone at Allenbourn Middle School involved in making such a beautiful act of remembrance.
“It not only serves as a reminder of what we owe to those who fought in the wars but it also gives a message of hope and peace for a better future.”
Allenbourne headteacher, Cindy Pritchard, added: “We feel it is extremely important for the children to be involved in the act of Remembrance and want them to have a real understanding of why this is important to them and to our lives in the 21st century.
“We are very proud of the work they have produced and the thoughts and messages they have written.”
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