Moray schools recognised for WW100 Commemorations

Press releases   •   Jul 16, 2019 10:55 BST

Lt Colonel Grenville Johnston, H M Lord-Lieutenant of Moray is delighted to announce that:-

Mosstowie Primary School

Dallas Primary School

Lossiemouth High School

Have been awarded a “Certificate of Excellence” by WW100 Scotland Commemorations Panel in recognition of their outstanding commitment towards understanding the impact of World War One on Scotland and so ensuring that the legacy of the War is remembered by this and future generations.

The certificate is signed by Lt Colonel Johnston CVO OBE TD, as Lord-Lieutenant of Moray and Professor Norman Drummond CBE FRSE Chair, Scottish Commemorations Panel and will be presented to the pupils at the start of the new term.

The names of the schools and what they have done are also to be recorded in a time capsule which will be closed in the Autumn and will remain on display in the new Poppyscotland museum until it is opened on 4th August 2114.

Lt. Col. Johnston said: “I do know that many schools ran very good WW1 projects during the four years of commemoration. The fact that we have earned three Certificates of Merit is a great reflection on the hard work of all schools, their staff and the pupils. I am very proud of them all.

I very much look forward to presenting Dallas Primary School, Lossiemouth High School and Mosstowie Primary School with their certificates when term starts.”

Moray Council Convener Shona Morrison added: “We have such close ties with the military in Moray that it’s second nature to many of our young people to commemorate and remember the impact of war locally. To be recognised in this way by the WW100 Scotland Commemorations Panel is wonderful for the schools involved and the young people should be very proud that they’re honouring the legacy of those involved in the conflict.”

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.  

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Public urged to keep eyes open for children at risk in Moray

Press releases   •   Jun 25, 2019 16:30 BST

EVERYONE in Moray is being encouraged to keep their eyes open for children at risk during the school holidays. 

As Moray schools prepare to ring the end of term bell on 28 June for the holidays, a national child protection organisation is urging everyone to be extra observant to help protect potentially vulnerable children while school’s out for summer.

Child Protection Committees Scotland, a nationwide grouping of child protection professionals, hopes that members of the public will keep their eyes open and play a part to keep children safe from harm during the long break in the school routine.

Chair of Moray Council’s Children & Young People’s Services Committee, Cllr Sonya Warren, who is a member of Moray’s Child Protection Committee, said the summer holidays don’t present a fun-filled, relaxing time for everyone. 

“Most children in Moray look forward to having lots of fun and free time during the school holidays, but for some families the summer break can bring extra stress and pressure. In some cases, children might not be looked after or supervised properly, and some might even experience serious neglect.”

CPCScotland stresses that everyone in every community across the country is responsible for child welfare. By taking a more watchful, active eyes open approach, CPCScotland suggests that all members of the public can play a part to protect our children. As well as being vigilant, Cllr Warren stresses that’s also essential to take action if you’re concerned about a child during the school holidays.

“We’re simply asking people in Moray to keep their eyes open for telltale signs that all is not well. Signs that at child might be at risk could include being alone and unsupervised, being out and about at all times of day or night or even going into “party” flats. A vulnerable child might be very dirty or persistently hungry, or have parents who are drunk in charge of them. If you’re at all worried, it’s important to take action.”

If you have seen something and have concerns about a child or children CPCScotland are clear that it’s much better to say something than do nothing. Cllr Warren says that your intervention could help a child at risk.

“You can ask the child if they’re okay or even offer the family some support. Or, if the situation is serious and you’re very worried, contact our social work department, or the police.”

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.  

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Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.

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