Burnhaven wins top prize in competition

Burnhaven Primary School is the winner of this year’s Legion Scotland (Royal British Legion Scotland)’s schools competition.

Funded by Co-op Funeralcare and The Scottish Government, the competition challenged P5, P6 and P7 pupils to use their imaginations and produce a newspaper article about life on board a First World War battleship.

Burnhaven pupils with Mac Dow of Co-op Funeralcare and Charlie Brown, Legion Scotlands National Chairman

Burnhaven pupils with Mac Dow of Co-op Funeralcare and Charlie Brown, Legion Scotlands National Chairman

Entries were submitted from throughout the country with the top 12 put to an online public vote.

Over 5,000 votes were cast with Burnhaven topping the public vote with around 28% of the total votes.

Burnhaven’s entry, which reported the story of the British fleet sailing into Scapa Flow after engaging in the Battle of Jutland off the Danish coast, stood out because it captured the battle from a historical point of view and the children’s hard work shone through.

Teacher Christian Ritchie said: “When we heard we won we were over the moon. Right from the start the children were enthusiastic about the project.

“It was fantastic to watch them work together as a team; delegating responsibilities and researching what life was like at sea during World War I.

“The competition sparked their imaginations and helped them begin to understand the life changing impact the war had on those who fought, their families and local communities as well as the country as a whole.”

She added: “I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone for supporting our story.”

The pupils’ prize will be a three-day visit to Orkney in June where they will visit Scapa Flow, Britain’s main naval based during World War I where seven battleships still lie today.