Rhunahaorine remembers

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The children of Rhunahaorine Primary School and Early Learning Centre honoured not only fallen military personnel during an Armistice Day commemoration but also the many animals who have given their lives in war.

As part of a Remembrance display in the playground, the children painted poppies on scallop shells.

Although most poppies were red, some children chose white to represent peace and some chose purple to remember animals who were killed in service.

There were also small wooden crosses which the children had previously taken home so they could write the names of any relatives they wanted to remember.

Many of these crosses had been kept from previous years as this has now become an annual event at the school.

The children placed poppies, wreaths and crosses in honour of fallen military personnel and animals. 
The children placed poppies, wreaths and crosses in honour of fallen military personnel and animals.

On Thursday November 11, everyone in the school gathered outside for a short service to which parents could unfortunately not be invited due to an increase in Covid case numbers in Kintyre.

Pupil Kieran Hurd read a verse from the Bible which was followed by a verse from For the Fallen by poet Laurence Binyon.

The school chaplain, Marilyn Shedden, said a prayer after which all stood silently.

Morvern Paisley then played a moving rendition of The Last Post on her flute.

Finally, two large wreaths and an acrylic representation of a soldier were placed at the front of the table.

All children and staff walked past the display before returning to the classroom.

‘Normally the table is left up for the whole day but by lunch time the wind had come up after the lovely morning so we rushed out and carefully boxed all of the crosses and wreaths for next year,’ said head teacher Catriona Brown.