An e-mail came to school to notify us that it was possible to complete an application form to receive an Oor Wullie for Aberchirder School. The form was completed and submitted. We then received an e-mail to say that we have been selected to receive an Oor Wullie (the only school in the Banff area) but the proviso was that we had to do a small amount of fundraising for the Archie Foundation which took the form of each class hosting a fundraising event and inviting parents in. The children were then given templates of the Oor Wullie sculpture to design. Each child drew on a design and the winners were chosen by Parent Council committee members. The winning designs were then amalgamated into the final design and included the school tartan as well as a black and white hand drawn selfie of each child in the school. Two representatives came from the Archie Foundation to the school one day and presented and unveiled Oor Wullie to the children. The selfies were drawn and pasted on to Oor Wullie. Miss MacIntyre then completed the sculpture by painting on the school tartan. A song which was especially composed and written by Adele Henderson, a former pupil at the school, as part of the 50th Birthday celebrations the year before and the lyrics were printed off and pasted on to the back of Oor Wullie’s dungarees. Once completed, Oor Wullie was then collected by the Archie Foundation and was placed in the Central Library Library in Aberdeen from May until September, where the public could go on an Oor Wullie Hunt and see all the sculptures in and around Aberdeen. At the end of the hunt period he was then transported to The Marischal College in Aberdeen where all the sculptures were on show together. The school was invited into to see the sculptures in all their glory. Two children’s names from each class were pulled from a hat and the children were transported in to the Marischal College to see all the sculptures.
Once the display week was over Oor Wullie was collected and reinstated into Aberchirder School where he now proudly sits in the school foyer for all to see.