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WW1 day

WW1 day

Kilgraston’s pupils postponed their usual studies for a day in order to immerse themselves in a day of activities and reflection around the centenary of WW1.
Girls right across the school took part in themed opportunities in subjects as diverse as music, drama, science and cookery, whilst the school welcomed expert visitors from across Scotland to share their insight and expertise.

Serving personnel from RAF Leuchars (Flying Officer Natalie Macdonald, Warrant Officer Darren Gill, and Station Warrant Officer Neil Simpson), ran a series of activities to help the girls experience something of the forces’ role in WW1. A game of ‘Chinese Whispers’ reinforced the difficulties of wartime communications, drill exercises helped pupils to focus on following instructions accurately, and teamwork exercises emphasised the impact of strategic planning.

Perth’s Black Watch Castle Museum added historical context to proceedings, bringing hands-on exhibits to illustrate the development of military uniforms, explain the stories behind medal designs, and tell the story of the Princess Mary Gift Box – a Christmas present provided to all those serving overseas in 1914.

10858512_851866628189722_1097230956741066208_nOur Science Laboratories was transformed into a field hospital and munitions factory, where girls made gunpowder bombs, discovered how flares were made, and learnt how war conditions led to rapid medical innovations.
Authors Lindsay Inkster and Helen Lawrenson gave live readings of their work – some as yet unpublished – and held a discussion around the impact of war across families and generations. A group of 50 girls performed an interpretation of Wilfred Owen’s poem Dulce et Decorum Est, whilst a ceremonial planting of one of the ceramic Tower of London poppies provided a moment of reflection, accompanied by The Last Post and a performance of Keep the Home Fires Burning. Girls made felt poppies, which will be sold in aid of Poppy Scotland later in the year, whilst others entered a competition to design and bake a WW1-themed cake, with Sophie Downes’ ‘trench’ themed cake emerging the overall winner.

Our caterers – Inspire – also got in on the act, providing a themed lunch of corned beef hash and jam roly poly.

Mr Kearns, Head of English and Co-ordinator of the day, said: “Today, we all came together to take part in something special. We entered into the spirit of the period, immersed ourselves in a whole range of experiences and opportunities, and were moved by all we learnt”.

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