All 24 schools in the Western Isles are receiving a Certificate of Excellence from WW100 Scotland Scottish Commemorations Panel.

The certificates are being awarded in recognition of the schools' outstanding contributions and performances in the Dìleab Project and the special HMY Iolaire 100 events.

The project saw Lewis pupils working on the loss of the Iolaire, Harris pupils focussing on World War I and Barra pupils researching emigration.  

A list of the schools across Scotland being awarded a Certificate of Merit, and what they have done to achieve this, will be included within WW100 Scotland’s Time Capsule.

The Time Capsule will be on display in the museum which will be part of the new Poppyscotland factory in Edinburgh and it is planned that it will be opened on 4 August 2114. 

All 24 schools in the Western Isles will received their Certificates of Excellence during this week at end-of-year events.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of the Western Isles, Donald Martin presented the award to The Nicolson Institute during  during an Armed Forces Day event in Perceval Square, Stornoway, this morning (Monday June 24th) after reading out the citation in both English and Gaelic.

Donald Martin said later: “Our schools are to be congratulated on their outstanding contributions to the WW100 and HMY Iolaire centenary Commemoration Events.

"Our pupils and staff have provided us with memorable performances of commentary, music and poetry which will be a lasting legacy to inform future generations of the impact of the First World War, within our communities".

In a media release associated with the event, Councillor Angus McCormack, Chairman of the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Education, Skills and Children’s Services Committee, who was not present, said: “We are absolutely delighted to see this recognition of the work done by pupils across the Western Isles last year.

“We want our young people to be educated in their local history and to know what men and women went through in World War I. The Dìleab project has been a huge success and we look forward to seeing the fruits of this year’s theme Ath-ghairm (Re-awakening).”

The photograph shows those who accepted the award on behalf of The Nicolson Institute : L/R: Calum Maclennan (Vice head boy); Naomi Macphail (Vice head girl); Johanna McCarthy (Head Girl); Daniel Macdonald (Head Boy)     

This report has been extensively revised and the photograph replaced since first being posted.