The youngest at School had a great time last 30th of November celebrating St Andrews Day, marking the ocassion of Scotland´s National Saint´s Day. Although the day had been organised as a Key Stage 4 Family Day, it was the children in Infants who enjoyed the day most, baking typical Scottish shortbread biscuits and learning about the Loch Ness Monster. But best of all, was certainly the visit from Hamish, the bagpipes player whose songs livened everyone up and provided the children with an insight into the secrets of how to get the best tunes out of a bagpipe.
The little ones, were not however, the only ones who enjoyed St Andrews Day. All of Key Stage 4 took part in their own version of the “Highland Games”. The Highland Games are an event which takes part throughout the year as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture, including music competitions, regional dancing and sporting feats as well as other activities related to various aspects of Scottish culture.
The School was full of Wellington boots, woollen hats, Scottish football shirts and of course, Kilts, the inaptly named Scottish skirts and those “sporrans”, the typical “Highlander´s” small pouch worn on the front. The children gave it their all, to try and win the “Tug of war” game, pulling on the rope, attempting to pull the other team across.
It was a fun day, full of history, competitions and music, commemorating Scotland and its traditions.