School opens first memorial garden

Tribute: Pupils write personal messages on crosses to put in the memorial garden.
Tribute: Pupils write personal messages on crosses to put in the memorial garden.

Pupils at New Pitsligo primary paid tribute to the fallen on Remembrance day by opening the first memorial garden in the village.

Primary 6/7 pupils were delighted to be the first to open the garden, after spending a fortnight fundraising in the school selling balloons and poppy seeds and taking donations for poppies. They were all responsible for visiting the different classes and reporting back stock levels to their class teacher.

Over the past few years, Tom Rooney, Chairman of the British Legion branch in the village has visited the school on different occasions to talk to the children about war and the experiences both he and his father had as active soldiers. Mr Rooney lets the children have a look at their combined medals and encourages them to ask questions on all aspects of war and army life.

On Friday November 11, the school had a two minute silence, the children wrote personal messages on crosses and went to the memorial where Tom explained to the children it’s purpose. He raised the colours and then directed the children in the laying out of the garden.

The class raised a fantastic £138.87 and are looking forward to doing more fundraising next year.