Western Isles Schools Receive Certificate of Merit

Schools across the Western Isles have received a Certificate of Excellence from WW100 Scotland Scottish Commemorations Panel in recognition of their outstanding contributions and performances in the Dìleab Project and the special HMY Iolaire 100 events.

L/R: Calum Maclennan (Vice Boy); Naomi Macphail (Vice Girl); Johanna McCarthy (Head Girl); Daniel Macdonald (Head Boy)

A list of the schools across Scotland being awarded a Certificate of Merit, and what they have done to achieve this, will be included within WW100 Scotland’s Time Capsule.

The Time Capsule will be on display in the museum which will be part of the new Poppyscotland factory in Edinburgh and will be opened on 4 August 2114.

All 24 schools in the Western Isles received their Certificates of Excellence from HM Lord-Lieutenant, Donald Martin, who commented, “Our schools are to be congratulated on their outstanding contributions to the WW100 and HMY Iolaire centenary Commemoration Events. Our pupils and staff have provided us with memorable performances of commentary, music and poetry which will be a lasting legacy to inform future generations of the impact of the First World War, within our communities".

Cllr Angus McCormack, Chairman of the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Education, Skills and Children’s Services Committee, said: “We are absolutely delighted to see this recognition of the work done by pupils across the Western Isles last year.

“We want our young people to be educated in their local history and to know what men and women went through in World War I. The Dìleab project has been a huge success and we look forward to seeing the fruits of this year’s theme Ath-ghairm (Re-awakening).”

As part of the Dìleab project in 2018, Lewis pupils worked on the loss of the Iolaire, Harris pupils looked at World War I, Uist pupils focussed on Protest and Politics and Barra pupils researched Emigration.