Two Argyll and Bute schools make national final

Published Date: 

15 Mar 2016 - 16:46

Two projects in Argyll and Bute have been shortlisted for the Royal British Legion Scotland's 2016 Schools Award.

With the help of their fellow classmates, Kirstin Blair and Alice Adair of primary 6, Lochgilphead Primary School, and Charlotte Johnson of primary 7 from Rhu Primary School, fought off stiff competition to make it into the final 12 out of hundreds of entries.

The children had to research what life at sea was like for the crew of a First World War ship and the impact of the battles they faced before writing a 500 word newspaper report on the subject.

Primary 7 teacher at Rhu Primary, Jacqueline McGill, said: “ The children have been working tirelessly on this project over the last few months.

"Personnel from HM Naval Base Clyde very kindly visited the school to talk to the children about what modern day life is like in the Royal Navy, whilst Jim Richardson from the Helensburgh Branch of the Royal British legion gave the children a very interesting and inspirational account of his experience as a Prisoner of War during World War Two.

“The children were fascinated and their interest in the project has gone from strength to strength. I am extremely proud of Charlotte and all the pupils for the hard work and dedication they have shown towards this.”

Grace Jeffrey, primary 6 teacher at Lochgilphead Primary School was equally proud: “The pupils have shown great dedication towards this project and it is something they have thoroughly enjoyed doing.

"As a teacher I found it extremely rewarding to see the commitment and interest that the children took in it and I am therefore over the moon that the entry submitted by Kirstin and Alice has made the final. The children showed great team work and all their hard work has certainly paid off.”