Port William kids celebrate Burns

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PORT WIlliam pupils last Wednesday dressed up in tartan to celebrate the life of Robert Burns.

The day began with the judging of the Scots poems. The school and the playgroup listened to the fantastic efforts of the children and were treated to poems about sair teeth, baldy spots, Willie Wastle, haggis and crocodiles. The competition was close but the final results were: P1, 1, Libby Kay; 2, John Wadsworth; 3, Tilly Christie. P2, 1, Kelsey Anderson; 2, Chloe McElrea; 3, Gordon Keith. P3, 1, Brogan Lockhart; 2, Elli Wadsworth; 3, Dylan Monteith. P4, 1, Gregor Gaw; 2, Adam Old; 3, Ella Wallace. P5, 1, Lucy Gaw; 2, Lance Turner; 3, Aidan Lochhead. P6, 1, Eleanor Mactier; 2, Erin McPhillips; 3, Charlotte Nash. P7, 1, Jamie Kiltie; 2, David Gaw; 3, Erin Old

Pupils also drew pictures about the poems they had learned and the winners from that competition were: P1, Harry Barr; P2, Kelsey Anderson; P3, Elli Wadsworth; P4, Ella Wallace; P5, Brogan Malone; P6, Erin McPhillips; P7, Alexander Turner

It was then back to classes to enjoy a range of activities based on Burns. At lunchtime the P7s hosted a Burns Supper for the school, staff and P7 families. Sam Wallace was a very able chairman. Mrs Kathryn Smith piped in the haggis, which was carried by Alistair. David addressed the haggis superbly. Erin then said the Selkirk Grace very clearly before everyone tucked in. Megan and Emily reminded everyone about the life of Burns in the Immortal Memory. This was followed by To a Mouse recited by Jack, Alistair, Lewis and Marc; Ma Hoggie recited by Rachel and Tilly; and Willie Wastle recited by Alexander.

The girl-group The Scotadays – P7 girls –sang Dark Island. The vote of thanks was by Erin. The final event was a ceilidh.