Scottish Afternoon (2016)

On Friday 22nd January 2016, the whole school enjoyed an afternoon of Scottish entertainment.

All stages presented excellent recitations of poems in the Scots language with Primaries 6 and 7 offering extracts from the works of our National Bard – Robert Burns.

We enjoyed listening to extracts from Address to the Haggis, Tam O’Shanter, Address to the Toothache and To a Mouse. Primary 7 pupils presented well prepared and entertaining speeches to ‘address the lassies’ and ‘reply from the lassies’.

We had a variety of Scottish tunes played on violin, saxophone, and piano.  Highland dancers entertained with excellent performances. A fourth year pupil from Hermitage Academy, introduced the afternoon by playing a well-known pipe tune and again later played to pipe in the traditional haggis. Mrs Ann Carson accompanied the choir and the whole school in their singing of The Skye Boat Song.

The afternoon finished with the presentation of the Atkinson Infant and the Senior Quaichs. These are awarded for excellence in recitation at Primary 3 and Primary 7.

Thank you to all those who took time to learn and recite their poems and to Mrs Trotter for organising a wonderful programme of music, poetry and dance.