New Pitsligo pupils plant crosses at war memorial

Chilldren from New Pitsligo School lay crosses at the war memorial.
Chilldren from New Pitsligo School lay crosses at the war memorial.

Pupils from New Pitsligo School paid tribute to the fallen of World War 1 this week.

All staff and pupils from the school headed to the village’s war memorial on Monday to plant wooden crosses in memory of those who had died in the war.

Accompanying the pupils were parents and local minister Rev. Andrew Fothergill, as well as Royal British Legion Trustee, Tom Rooney.

The wooden crosses had been provided by the Royal British Legion especially for the service.

New Pitsligo head teacher, Helen James said that around 115 pupils - including those from the nursery - and all staff members took part in the service, with every child planting a cross.

“We cover conflict as part of our curriculum and we commemorate Remembrance Day every year, but this is the first time the entire school has been involved,”she said.

“We felt it was really important for the children to understand the depth of where they came from and what their history is.

“The pupils have recognised their surnames on the memorial even today and that really matters.

“Part of their citizen ship, part of understanding who they are in the modern world comes from understanding the conflicts of the past,” added Ms. James.

The school will also host a tea dance later today in the village hall, with a quiz in the evening, the proceeds of both going towards the Royal British Legion.