Toon schools asked to make war documentary

Burnhaven School
Burnhaven School

Peterhead primary schools are being asked to make a two minute documentary about war and win a chance to be on live radio.

The initiative is part of a national competition run by Legion Scotland and The British Forces Broadcasting Service Scotland (BFBS) that was last won by Burnhaven Primary School in Peterhead.

The annual Films of Remembrance competition is now in its fourth year and asks schools to highlight how war has impacted their local community.

Kevin Gray MM, Chief Executive Officer of Legion Scotland, said: “No community in Scotland has been left untouched by the impact of war over the last 100 years, and that is why we are asking pupils to research their community’s involvement in conflicts, whether it be unearthing the story behind a local war memorial, speaking to a veteran who has memories of war, or to the families of those who have served.

“We believe that educating young people about their community’s history and the effect conflicts have had on their doorstep is a vital part of their heritage. By asking them to put the stories they uncover onto film they will play a key role in helping to preserve important memories for future generations to watch and learn from.”

This year’s competition, will award the winners with an opportunity to perfect their filming and interview techniques during a BFBS multimedia workshop hosted in their school.

The winning pupils will also get the chance to be part of the BFBS Scotland breakfast show.

Mr Gray said: “We are delighted to be working with BFBS Scotland this year.

“The radio and TV broadcaster provides an important service to our Armed Forces throughout the world.”

He added: “Pupils at the winning school will have a unique chance to learn some top tips from presenters who are heard and watched by millions of people each day.

“They’ll also have a fantastic opportunity to have their own voices heard on the channel’s popular Breakfast Show.”

Mark McKenzie, Presenter, BFBS Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with Legion Scotland, whose role in supporting veterans of all ages grows each year.

Registration for the competition must be made by October 16 with entries then submitted by November 24 with the results announced mid-December.

Schools can register to take part at www.legionscotland.org.uk/schools.