4th June 2021
Poppyscotland is delighted to today announce that Rosewell Primary School in Midlothian is one of four winners of its popular annual Learning Competition.
The passing of Remembrance legacy from generation to generation is as important now as it even has been. With the COVID-19 pandemic putting a halt to traditional fundraising efforts last year, Poppyscotland reached out to young people across the country for help. The competition, entitled ‘Fundraising Heroes!’ was open to P4-S3 (ages 9-14) pupils, and asked students to devise new ways to support the Scottish Poppy Appeal by submitting the most innovative or most sustainable fundraising ideas, as well as a best-fundraising in action photo category. The entries were whittled down to a shortlist of 14 schools and, after 6-weeks of online voting and with 3,200 votes cast, the winners have now been announced.
A group of four Primary 7 pupils from Rosewell Primary School have be crowned the winners for ‘Most Innovative Fundraising idea’ having created a campaign to sell poppy seed packets to residents in the local area. Aimee, Yasmin, Aisla and Eva were over the moon when they found out their idea had won: “We are so happy to win, and we really appreciate that the whole community voted for us. Our idea to sell and have locals plant poppy seeds in their gardens was a way for the whole community to come together in remembering the men who fought and died for us.”
Photo left to right: Yasmin, Aisla, Eva and Aimee, Rosewell Primary School
Shona Richardson, Head Teacher of Rosewell Primary School added: “We are absolutely delighted that our girls have won Poppyscotland’s Learning competition for their most innovative fundraising idea. When designing their entry, they were inspired by the stunning sea of red that is created as poppies grow in the fields. They came up with the idea of selling poppy seeds to as many people as possible so that this could be recreated, in some way, in as many gardens throughout the local area. Winning this award is a huge achievement for us as a school, as we encourage our learners to think and work creatively which this award recognises.
“Acknowledging and reflecting on our history is also important to us as a school and as a wider community. The Poppyscotland Learning programme has been created with great thought and care and includes a wealth of resources that inspires our children to learn about their heritage.”
The Rosewell pupils were presented with their award and prizes at a virtual prize giving event on Friday 4th June at 11:30am. As their entry also received the highest number of votes, they won two fantastic prizes; a £500 Amazon gift card and a day of work experience with Poppyscotland at New Haig House and a tour of the Lady Haig Poppy Factory in 2022 after refurbishments have been completed. On top of this, the whole P7 class were surprised with Poppyscotland goody bags and a framed winner’s certificate to thank them for participating.
Attending the prize giving were judges Kerry Crichton, Deputy Head of Learning at Poppyscotland; Clare Armstrong, CEO of Legion Scotland; and Gordon Michie, Head of Fundraising and Learning at Poppyscotland. Mr Michie said: “As with previous Poppyscotland Learning competitions the standard of entries was exceptionally high. The other judges and I were both moved and enlightened by the quality of the submissions, and we were particularly impressed to see how young people reflect on the importance of passing the Remembrance legacy from generation to generation.
“We’d like to thank all those that submitted entries, and a huge congratulations to Rosewell Primary and the other 3 winning schools for developing inspiring and thought-provoking fundraising initiatives that will allow us to continue providing life-changing support to the Armed Forces community and their families.”
If you would like further information on Poppyscotland’s ever-expanding Learning programme, please visit poppyscotland.org.uk/learning