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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.

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