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Hartlebury Rocks

After being inspired by all the amazing Remembrance displays and in honour of all the service men, women and animals who have served, suffered and sacrificed their lives for our country since World war 1 (this being the centenary year), I thought it would be lovely to display some decorated “poppy rocks” around the war memorial at St James Church (our local church in Hartlebury) and to encourage the community to take part via the Hartlebury matters and Hartlebury rocks Facebook pages.

What better way to bring a village community and families together by spending a few moments decorating a stone, taking time to reflect and making our children aware of the importance of Remembrance Day.

Created by Mrs A Collins (Parent and Staff Member)

Family Poppy Decorating

On Wednesday 7th November after school, parents and children were invited to colour a poppy on a stone for our remembrance service at our  local church, St. James’ on Thursday, 8th November 2018.

70 stones were bought to be decorated, and 64 had been decorated after the session had ended, and the classroom was full to the walls!

What a lovely way to remember all those many, many soldiers that have given their lives in order to save us.

Written by: Daniel


Remembrance Day

Daisy created this wonderful poster at home to mark 100 Years since World War 1. Daisy included facts, pictures and beautiful choice of words in her poster. Mrs Unitt gave Daisy a Headteacher’s Award and we think she thoroughly deserves it!

Well done Daisy. We are very proud of how you have captured the true meaning of Remembrance.

Remembrance Service

On Thursday 8th November 2018, Key Stage 1 and 2 children delivered our Remembrance Service at St James’ Church.

The children showed great respect and solemnity, in tribute to the fallen; 100 Years since the end of the 1st World War.

Years 1-6 children took part in the service, sharing some of their learning and reflections from this important week. Our Early Years Unit made a wreath of poppy hand prints thanking the soldiers. Painted rocks made by the children were placed around the wreath during the service.

It was very moving and humbling to see our children capture the true meaning of Remembrance.

Further pictures can be found in our Gallery section.

Remembrance Poem by Year 5


All they did for us,

100 years ago,

They marched in war against Germany,

To give us a better future.




The whistle of the shells,

The moan of the soldiers,

Roar of guns,

All of that,

To give us a better future.


5 months in,

The war showed no sign of ending,

Millions already lost,

Hospital carts everywhere,

All that to give us a better future.


Written by Year 5 children that they read out during our Remembrance Service at St James’ Church on Thursday 8th November 2018.






On Wednesday 11th November 2020, all the children at Hartlebury observed the minute silence and paid our respects to the brave men and women who have lost their lives in world conflicts.

This looked slightly different this year for reasons we all understand, but every year we honour the men from Hartlebury Village who gave their lives in World War 1 and 2 and we didn’t want this year to be any different.

The whole school took part in a virtual remembrance service before the Year 6 class went to the local church to place a wreath at the war memorial they had made.

Although this year nobody was present, they read the men’s names aloud before placing the wreath which they had made to also include their names.

Remembrance Service

During the Remembrance Service on Thursday 11th November 2021, we all stood in a line and faced the Churchyard. We listened to Reverend Winter’s prayers and bowed our heads for the 2 minutes silence. Some of our Governors made speeches in remembrance of all the men and women who died for our country.

Year 6 led the role call and read out the names of those who died fighting for Hartlebury and our country. We walked up the steps to the large cross where we placed our crosses. We bowed our heads together to honour those who served and remember their sacrifice. Reverend Winter led more prayers and thanked us for reading out the names of those who died. As a class we made poppy wreaths, a red one in honour of the people who had died and a purple one in honour of the animals that had died.

Written by Olivia Year 6


Remembrance Service at St James’ Church

Some of the wonderful Year 5 and 6 children from Hartlebury Primary School played a very important role in the Remembrance Service at St James’ Church on Friday 10th November 2023.

They had the great honour of reading out the names of the men who lost their lives in the first and second world wars, all of whom were from Hartlebury and some of which went to Hartlebury Primary School themselves.

Lots of people gathered to pay their respects and the children read out the names beautifully, we were very proud of them.