Castle­hill’s ‘in­cred­i­ble’ WWI ex­hi­bi­tion

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS - Words and pho­to­graphs by Han­nah O’Han­lon ed­i­[email protected]­bel­town­courier .co.uk

A hun­dred years af­ter the end of the First World War, many thought they had heard it all but an ex­hi­bi­tion by Castle­hill’s P6s and P7s taught var­i­ous peo­ple a thing or two. A huge turnout of fam­ily, friends and guests was as­tounded by the ‘in­cred­i­ble’ dis­play, which filled the hall from wall to wall, last Thurs­day af­ter­noon. Posters, paint­ings, let­ters, po­ems, di­ary ex­tracts and fact sheets gave a vast insight into the war, but the most talked about fea­ture was the show of model trenches. Each child’s cre­ation was unique, some fea­tur­ing tiny, hand-made sand­bags, lad­ders and barbed wire, and oth­ers us­ing real fo­liage as grass. Lord Lieu­tenant Patrick Ste­wart, who ad­dressed the chil­dren af­ter they per­formed sev­eral songs from the war era, said: ‘I don’t think any­where will have seen so many dif­fer­ent kinds of trenches. Every pos­si­ble vari­a­tion was there. ‘Well done – give your­selves three cheers!’ An­other stand-out fea­ture was model war memo­ri­als and medals, hand-crafted and painted by pupils. The whole school was in­volved, with every child cre­at­ing a sin­gle red poppy, used as part of a drap­ing stage dec­o­ra­tion. Class teach­ers Mrs Wat­son, Mrs Ron­ald and Mrs Mackay started the project at the end of Oc­to­ber. Mrs Wat­son said: ‘The whole school has been very sup­port­ive and help­ful. Pupils, par­ents and adults have put in such a lot of work. ‘We held an ex­hi­bi­tion to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of the start of the First World War and it was a suc­cess, so we de­cided to hold one to mark the end of the war as well. ‘We are over­whelmed by the re­sponse from every­body here to­day.’

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Lord Lieu­tenant Patrick Ste­wart praised the chil­dren for their ef­forts.

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P7 pupil Kirstie Ren­ton, 11, used grass to make her trench look re­al­is­tic.

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Eleven-year-old P7 pupil Ai­dan Brodie’s trench was com­pleted by model sol­diers and horses.

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