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Tiree High School World War II Experience

Mrs Macintosh and the Primary Evacuees

Mrs Macintosh and the Primary Evacuees

In order to help the Primary children understand the historical theme they are studying, staff and pupils took on the costumes of 1939 to 1945 last week and carried the small cardboard boxes which would have held gas masks in war time.

Primary children played the part of evacuees who were sent to live away from the cities with strangers, to save them from the risks that bombing and devastation had brought to those who lived near such war industry targets as the shipbuilders on the Clyde.

The Secondary pupils were encouraged to dress up as adults in working garb and the staff joined in. There were Land Girls and factory workers and we have to mention Mrs MacIntosh’s elegant 1940’s style dress with her seamed stockings. It took considerable ingenuity at the time to ‘make do and mend’ and this was matched by the way in which our school rose to the challenge of creating some ‘living history’.

Canteen Ladies with Mr. Monaghan and Miss Paterson

Canteen Ladies with Mr. Monaghan and Miss Paterson

At lunchtime our wonderful canteen ladies put on a fantastic ‘rationed’ feast and gave us all a taste of the resourceful and unusual food that people grew and ate on the Home Front in wartime. It is worth remembering that during rationing people became much healthier – no sweets and very little sugar, less meat and more vegetables – the opposite of our luxurious diet nowadays.

We would like to thank all those who participated in our WW2 event, especially Mrs Malcolm who, with the Canteen team and her cooking, has made 1939 to 1945 come alive for our pupils.

Tiree Association Annual Sports

tugofwarThe sun shone and the crowds gathered signalling the start of the Annual Tiree Association Sports Day.

We were very lucky with the weather this year and sunscreen was a must! Curam kindly provided tea and sandwiches and raised £396 including donations. We were also entertained by the Tiree Pipe Band and am sure the skirl of the bagpipes inspired our competitors during the day.

Roraigh Hughes impressed on the bagpipes and won the piping competition. The Junior Girls Medal was won by Morag McEwan and the Junior Boys Medal was won for the 2nd year running by Murray Webster. Murray also won the J M MacKechnie Cup for most points in the Junior Section.

In the adults section, the Burnett family from Linlithgow had a great day with Katherine Burnett winning the Ladies Challenge Cup and her husband Richard Burnett triumphing in the Mens Track & Field events by winning the Kennedy Cup. The men’s heavy events were also very well supported and very competitive. Ewan Brown won a hotly contested Caber with Gavin Omand winning the Hammer and Iain Hamilton winning the Shot. Iain Hamilton won the McLaine Cameron Cup for most points in the Heavy Events and Richard Burnett won the Straker Cup for most points in the Mens Section.

Perhaps the highlight of the day for the crowd was the traditional Residents vs Non Residents Tug o War which was won by the Non Resident Men and the Resident Ladies. As is traditional, the winning Ladies team challenged the Men’s team and triumphed with Mairi Anne Munn captaining the winning Ladies’ team.

Once again we are very grateful to Mairi Campbell for the use of the Corrairigh hammer, which has now been thrown at the Tiree Association sport for many years and to Tiree High School for the use of the School Pitches and to Tommy Monaghan for all his assistance during the day.