TIREE High School recently honoured those who have lost their lives in military conflict.
The servicemen and women’s sacrifices were marked by the pupils’ respectful and moving presentation on November 11, which focused on the role of the average soldier.
Pupils Kirsteen, Jack, Colin and Ben read poetry, while Miss McArthur said in her address that Ryan Munn had represented the school at the war memorial by laying a
wreath. Also, on Wednesday November 11, the S4 and S5 pupils held the annual Remembrance Day assembly.
The assembly was timed so that it coincided the end of hostilities of the First World War, with the conflict famously ending ‘on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month’.
A two-minute silence was attended by teaching staff and pupils from P7 to S6 to remember and honour those who have paid the price for the country’s freedom.
TIREE High School’s secondary pupil parliament met for the first time on Monday, November 9, to discuss matters concerning pupils and ideas for improving the school. Representatives of each year group – Olaf (deputising for Rory) for S1, Marshall for S2, Jack for S5 and chairwoman Eirin and secretary Kirsteen – talked about inter-house activity ideas, school dress and suggestions as to how to spend the £ 50 they have been given for an improvement project.
They will take the discussion back to their year group members and will be asking for feedback and ideas.
THE NUMBER of one of Scotland’s rarest birds, which are mainly natives of the Hebrides, has dropped dramatically this year due to the wet and cold weather, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland has announced.
The number of corncrakes has dropped by almost a fifth, the organisation said, which listens for the call of males to
count the birds. Corncrakes migrate from Africa to the Hebrides, with 1,069 counted this year, while last year there were 1,289 – the highest total in 45 years.
The largest number of the birds fly to Tiree to breed, with 333 counted this year, down from 396 in 2014.
RSPB Scotland said Islay and Iona had a slight increase in the birds, which are part of the rail family, but there were fewer in almost every other part of the Highlands and islands.