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Morrison’s Academy Pupils have a Hoolie for Burns with Reciting, Singing and Ceilidh Dancing

Primary pupils at Morrison’s Academy have started the year on a high note by celebrating the life and work of Robert Burns, Scotland’s most famous Bard, over the last few weeks. 

The leading independent day school based in Crieff kicked off their annual Burns activities on Thursday 25 January with a Primary Scots Recitation which showcased a fantastic selection of contemporary and traditional poems by Scottish poets. 

They were also invited to take part in a Scots Singing Competition on Friday 2 February, where the class finalists took to the stage to share a selection of Scottish songs. From traditional lullaby Coulter’s Candy to the dancing tale of The Wee Kirkcudbright Centipede and the ballad of Bonnie George Campbell – the bar was set high at this solo competition which was judged by local singer and teacher Colleen Nicoll. 

Transitional pupils hosted their annual Burns Breakfast for their peers on Friday 2 February with Scots poetry, traditional Scottish dance, the address to the haggis, toasts to the lads and lassies, music recitals, as well as a tasty breakfast. Parents and friends of the school were also invited to attend the much-loved event at Academy Hall.

This year, three S1 pipers braved the weather to visit Richmond House, The Birches and Dalnagar residential homes in Crieff, to share some true Scottish cheer during their celebratory Burns supper on Thursday 25 January.

And there was cause for further celebration when it was announced that four Primary School pupils were placed in first, second and joint third positions in this year’s Blackford Burns Club Secretary Salver Recitation competition.

Morven Bulloch, Head of Primary at Morrison’s Academy said, “Our Primary pupils have had a fantastic time this month celebrating with singing, dancing, recitals and piping. They have worked so hard in the lead up to their performances and I applaud them all for just giving it a go. Getting up on a stage in front of an audience is never easy but everyone should be immensely proud of their efforts. I’m also delighted that we were able to share this special celebration and spread joy through music within our community here in Crieff.”