Wednesday, January 28, 2009 

PUPILS in schools across the area celebrated the 250th anniversary of Robert Burn’s birth by holding a variety of events. 

St Ninian’s Primary hosted a Burns assembly on Friday. 

The children read poems and performed a number of songs. 

Primary six pupils sang the traditional Scottish ballad “Caledonia” and the primary seven pupils also entertained the crowd with the Bard’s classic “A man’s a man for a’ that”. 

Headteacher Mary McLachlan told the Post: “It was a wonderful day and the pupils know a lot more about Burn’s and his works now, even the parents dressed for the occasion wearing bits of tartan.” Youngsters at Whiteinch Primary enjoyed a lunch of haggis before tucking into Irn Bru and shortbread. 

Then they used up all their energy for Scottish dancing and linked arms for Auld Lang Syne. 

Stonedyke Primary kids also celebrated all things Burns. Primary seven pupils organised and hosted a Burns supper with plenty of haggis, neeps and tatties going around for all invited parents and parent council members. 

Susan Beaton, head teacher of the Drumchapel school, said: “It was a smashing day. There was Highland dancing and a piper and the boys toasted the haggis. Much fun was had by everyone involved.” 

At Clydemuir Primary pupils recited the Bard’s greatest poems, as well as other Scottish poems.