On Tuesday 11th November 2014, the Bucksburn Academy Community marked 100 years since 1914 with a variety of activities on the theme of remembrance.
During P1 & P2 all Junior Phase Mainstream and ASN classes (approx. 400 young people) had an opportunity to visit the War Memorial and create a field of remembrance in the school grounds. Afterwards, they had a chance to view displays of work and also memorabilia from WWII.
At 11.00 classes were encouraged to observe a minute of silence to remember those who had been lost in conflict.
Also at 11.00, Senior Phase students joined together with members of the local community for a short act of remembrance, followed by tea & coffee in the Assembly Hall and a chance to view displays of work. Two Senior Phase students who had attended a Holocaust Memorial Visit produced a slideshow of reflections and images for the occasion.
A number of people were involved in planning this sequence of remembrance events; Rev Hugh Wallace from Newhills Church, History and ASN Wing staff in working with students to research family members involved in conflict, Art & Design staff for taking photographs, Robertsons staff in ensuring the facilities were prepared and Junior and Senior students agreeing to play pipes and trumpets to mark the occasion and in supervising tea and coffee for the local community.
Comments afterwards were positive from all involved. Our School Chaplain commented ‘… delighted to be part of the Remembrance Events yesterday. The pupils were all very respectful, and I know that those from the community commented on their manner and personable engagement particularly when they went through to the Hall to view the displays which the pupils had created.’