School Closed

Today was a big day for everyone as we’ve all been working really hard in preparation for our little school closing, in line with all of the other schools in Britain.

I’d like to thank all of the Staff, Pupils and Parents involved this week, we pulled together to try to prepare for something that we’ve never done before. We’ll continue learning next week, just not at school and not all together.

The P7s were fantastic today and even baked their best shortbread yet. They also got ready incase this was their last day at Brydekirk Primary. I really hope it’s not and that we get a chance to send Helayna and Ami off properly as they deserve, they’ve been brilliant.

This was probably Dan and Izzy’s last day too. Good luck you guys, I would have loved to have taught you.

It might also be Miss Irvine’s last day too, and I never even said anything at the end of the day. Apologies Miss Irvine but I think our last afternoon with the kids was great fun playing Duck-Duck-Goose, Crocodiles and Monkeys, racing and even outdoor Dodge Ball. Again, I really hope we get back before the summer to finish off an excellent year and to say goodbye to you.

We had a wee blether at the end of the day and I decided to end on Burns. Auld Lang Syne didn’t seem right today so we did a one take wonder on a song we learned earlier in the term. Scots Wha Hae is the address to the troops before the Battle of Bannockburn, imagined by Burns and turned into song. Although it’s about the Scottish Wars of Independence in the 14th century, and Scotland, the UK and the world has changed enormously since, the idea of rallying the troops to a worthy, approaching cause resonates:

     Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled,
     Scots, wham Bruce has aften led;
     Welcome to your gory bed,
              Or to victory!
     Now’s the day, and now’s the hour;
     See the front o’ battle lour;
     See approach proud Edward’s power—
              Chains and slavery!
     Wha will be a traitor knave?
     Wha can fill a coward’s grave!
     Wha sae base as be a slave?
              Let him turn and flee!
      Wha for Scotland’s king and law
      Freedom’s sword will strongly draw,
      Freeman stand, or freeman fa’,
              Let him follow me!
      By oppression’s woes and pains!
      By your sons in servile chains!
      We will drain our dearest veins,
               But they shall be free!
      Lay the proud usurpers low!
      Tyrants fall in every foe!
      Liberty’s in every blow!—
              Let us do or die!
Robert Burns, 1793
Education is what will liberate us. We’re all going to endeavour through these times, learning together despite being apart and supporting one another. We’ll be back.
Take care one and all,
Mr A

AROM Principles’ Visit

The Annan Riding of the Marches Principles visited Brydekirk Primary this afternoon.  This is a tradition that has happened for many long years and long may it continue. Following an introduction and short speech from Stuart Thompson, the pupils entertained the visitors with singing. Next Mrs Sybelle Raey announced the prize winners from Brydekirk in the competitions, including poetry, handwriting, colouring and poster; well done to all who took part. Especially well done to Lilian who won best overall poem, 1st place in poetry, 2nd place in handwriting, Hannah 3rd place in poetry, Izzy and Poppy. The pupils then gave the AROM Principles a couple more songs and wished them good luck to send them on their way.

Here’s some of the pupils poetry below:

Another Snow Day

School is closed again today. I hope everyone is safe in this cold weather.

Things to do other than destroy your brains with devices or TV:

  • Go out and play in the snow, this may be the most you’ll see in your childhood (make sure you tell whoever is looking after you and are prepared for the weather)
  • Read
  • Write about your day off (any P7s who have written a blog post, and have their password, should write it up on this blog and I’ll post it)
  • Do some iXL maths (see homework link at the side)
  • Do some Spelling City (as above)
  • Find out more about our topic, history: GD Alfred the Great, DS King Canute, EA Edward the Confessor, JF William the Conqueror, MB Henry I, AC Richard I, DN Edward I, ChR Richard III, HM Henry VIII, LO Mary I, AM Elizabeth I, BO James VI & I, HA Charles II, RL Victoria and ON Elizabeth II.
  • Commit all of the dates on the sheet of Kings and Queens to memory, in preparation for your quiz next week
  • Draw, paint or create something
  • and anything else that requires thought, concentration and effort.

Bring any work in to present, like you do after holidays.

Best wishes and stay safe,

Mr A