Imag­i­na­tive young­sters

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Staff re­porter

Ruther­glen pri­mary school pupils are be­ing chal­lenged to travel back in time and imag­ine what life was like on board a First World War bat­tle­ship in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

‘Sto­ries of the Sea – Hold The Front Page!’ is the third an­nual school’s com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by Le­gion Scot­land ( Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Scot­land), the largest ex- ser­vice mem­ber­ship char­ity in Scot­land.

Funded by Co-op­er­a­tive Funer­al­care and The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, this year’s chal­lenge asks P5, P6 and P7 pupils to pro­duce a news­pa­per ar­ti­cle about life on the high seas dur­ing the war.

Kevin Gray MM, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Le­gion Scot­land, said: “By ask­ing pupils to trans­port them­selves back to a time when our Royal Navy was the most pow­er­ful in the world we hope to help them un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate how WWI af­fected those who served at sea; the im­pact of war on their fam­i­lies, and how the war shaped the towns, vil­lages and cities in which we now live.

“With no liv­ing mem­o­ries of that time, it has never been more im­por­tant to ed­u­cate our younger gen­er­a­tion by chal­leng­ing them to in­ves­ti­gate, record and con­serve in­for­ma­tion about such a vi­tal part of their history.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the com­pe­ti­tion must be made by Novem­ber 17 with en­tries to be in by March next year.

Schools can register to take part at www.le­gion­scot­land.

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