Craigmillar Park Campus Friends and Family Day 2014

Posted: 12/06/2014 | Education,


The annual Craigmillar Park Campus ‘Friends and Family Day’ took place on Friday 6th June, and was another fantastic opportunity for visitors to explore the Royal Blind School and meet our amazing teachers and staff.  This year’s event was even more special than usual, as it was the final Craigmillar Campus Friends and Family Day, ahead of the school’s exciting move to our newly renovated Canaan Lane Campus.


All of our visitors were given the chance to visit the different classrooms and learn about the fascinating lessons our pupils have been enjoying.  They also got the chance to have a specially-prepared lunch on the school gardens in the sunshine, while our pupils played outside.


Visitors were then treated to a special ‘Afternoon Extravaganza’ show in the school’s Assembly Hall.  Pupils from all of the school’s classes performed a wide variety of classic songs, including ‘Rocking All Over The World’ by Status Quo, ‘Sing A Song’ by The Carpenters, and ‘Living On A Prayer’ by Bon Jovi. They showcased their ability to sing in time, and used a wide range of instruments including drums and hand-bells, as well as musical technology including the Big Mack switch (a button which produces different sounds) and iPads.


Scott Hilson, from class SSM, performed a special rap song he had written himself, and class SAM performed a special re-written version of ‘Troublemaker’ by Olly Murs, with lyrics they had written about themselves. Amanda Roberts and Jake Murphy then performed their recent Higher and Intermediate 2 music exam pieces ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ from the musical ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by Simon and Garfunkel.


The show ended with a medley of musical show songs including ‘That’s Entertainment’, ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ which had all of the audience clapping and toe-tapping along!


Our visitors were also treated to a special ‘Commonwealth Games’ presentation from pupil Harry Lovett and the Royal Blind School’s Scout Leader Michael Mair.  Harry and Michael have both been selected to carry the Queen’s Baton Relay on Saturday 14th June, an amazing once in a lifetime opportunity.


Harry was chosen to represent the school, and was wearing his special Commonwealth Games ‘Queens Baton Relay 2014’ t-shirt, as well as his kilt! Michael is the leader of the 77th Braid Scouts and was recently ordained as a Church of Scotland Minister, making him the youngest minister in Scotland.


Harry and Michael spoke about the 77th Braid Scouts’ recent Commonwealth Project, which started back in January.  The scouts have been learning about the many different countries which compete in the Commonwealth Games and about the Commonwealth ceremony and the ‘Athlete’s Oath’.  The scouts will also receive special Commonwealth badges at the end of this semester.


Michael will be carrying the baton up the Grassmarket at 11.24am, and Harry will be carrying it along Duddingston Law Road (Holyrood Car Park) at 5.30pm.  They both got the chance to practice carrying the baton by running up and down the assembly hall with a microphone, to huge applause from the audience. 


It was a fantastic show and presentation, and everyone in attendance had a thoroughly enjoyable time.  We are already looking forward to the next Friends and Family Day in our brand new Canaan Lane Campus.