10 July 2014
Last updated at 14:19
Thousands of letters have been written to the Unknown Soldier - a symbol of World War One. Students at Hampshire's Bohunt School, including School Reporters, have taken part in the project and came together to use their letters to make up a giant poppy. Here is the story of their day in their own words and photographs.
"Every student at Bohunt School took part in the project as part of World War One tributes. Bohunt students Lisa, Wills, Hugo and Alice were filmed by the BBC reading their letters. Here they are sitting with reporter Robert Hall, while Grant the cameraman got School Reporter Harry to help out recording the sound!"
"To mark the centenary of World War One, Bohunt students have been participating in a range of activities, including drama, artwork and creative writing. School Reporter Ruxi took these photographs showing how Expressive Arts students have put their creative minds to work on memorial artwork."
"One of the special guests to witness the event was author Kate Pullinger who is one of the creators of the Letters to the Unknown Soldier project with Neil Bartlett. She said it was 'amazing' that everyone in our school got involved. She was interviewed live on BBC News."
"School Reporters Eleanor and Ruxi spoke to Kate, who told them and co-creator Neil were inspired by the Unknown Soldier statue on Platform One of Paddington Station. Kate said: 'We will see a lot of centenary activities that emphasize on being quiet to remember but we wanted to do something that involved people expressing their opinions on WW1 and what it means to them.'"
"We have never seen a satellite van before so it was really fun to see it on our school field. This was how the BBC broadcast us creating the poppy live. To film the poppy mosaic from above they had a camera on a raised post."
"The giant poppy mosaic was created by us all holding up red cardboard with our letters on the back and visiting primary school holding a piece of black paper to make the poppy’s centre. We had a few rehearsals so everyone held them up together at the same time before going live!"
We spoke to students and teachers who were part of the poppy mosaic and asked them why they think we should commemorate the WW1 centenary. Stan,12, said: “Because if we forget we won't remember the tragedies of World War One and it could happen again.” Melissa,,15, said: “Because it’s a really important part of history that affects our lives today.” Science teacher Miss Wilson said: ”To me, World War One means the sacrifice that other people have made so that we can live with the liberties we have today.”
"When everyone was in position and after a few rehearsals, the cameras were finally on we created a giant poppy live! School Reporter Lisa managed got a quick photo of Robert Hall as he prepared to report for BBC News."
"The students got ready - and then it was time to reveal the poppy!"
"The giant poppy mosaic was created by us all holding up red cardboard at the same time and the cricket crease became the poppy stem. School Reporter Ellie, who helped form the poppy, said: "When you're holding up the paper you can't imagine how it's going to look" and Mr Green, a Humanities teacher whose department lead this project, said it was 'a triumph and testament to the school'."
"After the filming Eleanor spoke to Robert Hall, BBC News reporter. He told us he still gets quite nervous when broadcasting live but thinks it was really impressed. He said “It was like a flash mob and a unique way to mark the centenary”"
"Bohunt School is planning more Great War commemorations next term and we are going to keep all the letters got future students to read. It had been great for us to record and report on this special day!"