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Highland pupils celebrate Scotlandís bard 2014

20th January 2014

Schools throughout the Highland Council area will be celebrating the life and works of Robert Burns around Burns Day on 25 January.

From Thursday 23 to Wednesday 29 January, Highland schools will be holding a variety of celebratory events including Burns suppers and lunches; poetry recitals, musical performances and ceilidhs.

On Friday 24 the Councilís Catering Service will be providing all 209 Highland primary and secondary schools with Burns lunches including haggis, neeps and tatties on school menus or stovies with fresh vegetables and oatcakes. Scotch broth will also be on offer to secondary pupils and a pudding favourite of trifle is on the menu for all! 1,500 Kg of haggis will be supplied locally from Munroís of Dingwall.

Councillor Alasdair Christie, Chairman of The Highland Councilís Adult and Childrenís Committee said: ďItís great that our schools and communities are celebrating the life of Rabbie Burns especially in the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014. We all know, as his song goes, that Burns ĎHeart was in the Highlandsí.Ē

Some of the schools organising Burns events and activities include:
∑ Foyers Primary Burns Lunch on 23 Jan with bagpiper;

∑ Reay Primary Burns Ceilidh for grandparents and senior citizens on the 23 Jan and Burns Lunch on the 24th.

Also on 24 January:
∑ Aldourie Primary Burns afternoon, wear something tartan.
∑ Bishop Eden Primary School will be having a haggis drive in the evening for the school community.
∑ Charleston Academyís lunch Jan will have Clarsach players, bagpipers, dancers and recitals from pupils.
∑ Dornoch Academy will have a community Burns Supper and ceilidh in the evening.
∑ Farr High School community Burns Supper with address to the haggis, highland dancing, singing and a video clip of Burns poems.
∑ Halkirk Primary has asked pupils to make haggis models and bring them in to their Burns Lunch.
∑ Keiss Primary will have a Burns Lunch for pupils and a Burns Ceilidh for members of the Keiss Luncheon Club and other senior citizens.
∑ Lochardil Primary has organised a ĎTouch of Tartaní day.
∑ Lochyside RC Primary School is having a Robert Burns Assembly and P6/7 class will be having a class Burns Supper as part of their Enterprise Project.
∑ Mulbuie Primary will have a Burns Assembly with talk from a Burns Federation representative and some Scottish songs and poems and dancing.

On Burns Day, 25 January, Kinlochbervie High School is holding a Burns Lunch from 12.30 Ė 3pm. School pupils are providing the entertainment and speeches.

Monday 27 January will see Auldearn Primary hold a Burnís Supper for children and their parents. Cromarty Primary is holding a whole-school Burns Day Celebration. Pupils will be involved in a range of activities Ė preparing a Burns supper, listening to scots story teller Lillian Ross and composing their own scots dictionaries. Kinlochbervie Primary School will have a Burns Supper/Lunch.

Duncan Forbes Primary 6 pupils are organising a Burns Supper for their parents on Wednesday 29 January from 6.30 Ė 8.30pm.