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

Scots Poetry

We’ve all being learning to recite a Scots Poem off by heart and had a class and then school Heat for the Annan Cluster Primary Scots Poetry competition. Well done to Donovan and Ben who were put forward for the Cluster Competition. Extra well done to Donovan who won his category.

Here’s some recordings that P5-7 made plus a couple of bonus tracks. One bonus track is Scots Wha Hae and the other is a very old recording that was on the recording device that I thought I’d share.

Enjoy!

Mr A

Scots Wha Hae!

Here’s a video of the Scottish Country Dancing that Miss Irvine and Mr Archibald have been teaching to the whole school this session. P2-P7 had fun learning the dances to traditional music and also to Electronic Dance Music. Daft Punk were a particular favourite amongst the pupils.

The music in this recording is the song version of the Scots poem Scots Wha Hae! by Rabbie Burns which P5-7 learned during handwriting and Mr Archibald accompanied on the guitar. This poem is what Burns imagined Robert the Bruce might have addressed his troops with before the battle of Bannockburn. P5-7 have been learning about the Scottish Wars of Independence.