St Margaret’s marked Remembrance Day with a poignant whole school assembly this morning. Reminding us why we wear poppies, Miss Tomlinson spoke about the Clochan Memorial in Buckie, which was unveiled in 2012 in recognition of the thousands of young women who left their homes and went to work on farms and feed the nation during the war. Her presentation also included photos of Mrs Murray’s aunts, who served in the Land Army.
The head girl team spoke about the role of women in the wars, and how they took up ‘men’s jobs’ while the men were away. They also explained the role of the Women’s Land Army and the jobs they did, including that of rat catcher to protect the crops and stores from vermin.
The 7J girls sang a medley of war songs, including Keep the Home Fires Burning, Pack up your Troubles in your Old Kit Bag, White Cliffs of Dover and We’ll Meet Again, which they had learned in music and as a link to their social studies topic of WWII.
Assembly concluded with an act of remembrance as Monica Canale-Parola played the Last Post, before a recitation of They Shall Not Grow Old by Miss Tomlinson and the two-minute silence.