Ballater primary kids’ film is one to remember


A film about veterans from World War One made by Ballater Primary School has been selected as for a national war memorial competition.

Primary six pupils uncovered real life stories of local heroes in the competition, part of a campaign by the Royal British Legion Scotland to commemorate the centenary of World War One.

The film, produced by all 23 pupils-turned-historians to uncover real life stories of soldiers and their families, has been praised by judges and shortlisted in the final round of the competition.

Teacher Jacqueline Beaton said: “I am really proud of the children and how much they have engaged with the project. It really helped them understand that the names on their memorial were real people.

‘‘During the research they counted 94 names on the memorial and then realised there are 106 pupils in our school. That really made us all think.

“I am very grateful to the residents of Ballater and beyond who helped bring some of the names on our war memorial alive for my class. The children used so many skills and learned so much during the preparation and making of their film but the links made with the wider community were invaluable.”

The other three shortlisted entries are from St Andrews Primary in Dumfries, Fair Isle Primary in Shetland and Leuchars Primary in Fife. The winning school will be announced by March 28.

Kevin Gray, CEO of the Royal British Legion Scotland, said: “The level of competition entries is exceptional. The film made by Ballater Primary pupils showed how much they had engaged with their history and war memorial heritage through the stories of real people. Well done to all for fantastic entry.”

The council’s Chair of Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Isobel Davidson said: “I am very impressed by the effort and dedication.’’