Rhunahaorine pupils remember lives lost in battle

The nursery children during the Remembrance ceremony. 
The nursery children during the Remembrance ceremony. 

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Covid-19 restrictions meant they couldn’t invite visitors to join them, but that did not stop pupils from Rhunahaorine Primary School and Early Learning Centre marking Remembrance Day.

Prior to the November 11 ceremony, children made a garden table for the outside service. The names of the soldiers recorded on Glenbarr War Memorial were written on red slips which were joined to make a paper chain, which was hung on the fence around the table.

Small wooden crosses bearing the names of children’s family members lost in war were placed in the ground around the table. The nursery children made their own stick crosses with white wool symbolising peace and one with purple wool to remember the animals which were killed in battle.

Pupils from the school and nursery made crosses remembering family members and animals lost in war, as well as symbolising peace. 
Pupils from the school and nursery made crosses remembering family members and animals lost in war, as well as symbolising peace.

Children volunteered to take part in Bible and poetry readings, and the nursery children joined pupils Lochlen and Cayden in the laying of the wreaths.

Logan read John chapter 15 verse 13: ‘The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them.’

Austin read John chapter 14 verse 27: ‘Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.’

School pupil Austin reads a verse during the ceremony.
School pupil Austin reads a verse during the ceremony.

Craig then recited: ‘They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old, age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.’

Kieran added: ‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.’

Afterwards, everyone joined to say: ‘We will remember them,’ before a minute’s silence.

The Last Post bellowed out from a loud speaker over the wind as staff and pupils stood poignantly with their heads bowed. Everyone walked past the crosses before quietly returning to class.

Children and staff bow their heads during the minute's silence.
Children and staff bow their heads during the minute’s silence.