11th November 2020 — A Year 3 teacher at Hazlegrove Prep School was thrilled to receive a beautiful gift from one of her parents; a framed painting which had been inspired by a war poem written by one of her pupils.
Matthew R's war poem which his Grandmother, Jenni Gerrard, used as inspiration for a poignant painting of poppies and troops. Jenni started her career as a freelance Graphic Designer and went on to become an Art/Technology/Textile teacher to GCSE and A Level students. She has painted for commissions and also made wire sculptures and has continued with this since retirement.
Jenni said, ‘I was so touched by the poem that Matthew shared with me, he asked if I could do a picture. We talked about what he had learnt about the war at school and I told him about how my parents were involved in the war, his great grandparents, and what it means to always remember. Matthew's poem touched my imagination and emotions’.
Mrs Bartlett said, 'One of the greatest pleasures I have is teaching Year 3 pupils how to write poetry. We love it and the children always blow me away with their grasp of adjectives and similes. The wonderful thing about November is that there is so much about which to write, draw and paint. Fireworks, Autumn leaves and right now being able to write poetry about the pride and gratitude we feel towards those who have fought in wars. Matthew is someone who loves to write and wrote a stunning ‘Remembrance’ poem last year whilst in Year 3. His poem touched and inspired his very talented Grandma to create this striking picture to help mark this very important time'.