The Royal Blind School pulls out all the stops for a traditional Burns Lunch

Posted: 30/01/2017 | Education,

The Royal Blind School celebrated our National Bard in the traditional style by hosting their own Burns Lunch, complete with haggis, bagpipes, and Scotland’s ‘other’ national drink!

Staff and pupils at the Royal Blind School donned their tartan and paid Harry cuts into the haggis, standing next to teacher, Dominic Everetttribute to world renowned poet Robert Burns last Friday. School chaplain, Michael Mail, started the proceedings by piping in the haggis, which was carried by pupil Craig Lyall. Student Harry Lovett led the address to the haggis, and head teacher Elaine Brackenridge then performed the Selkirk Grace:

         “Some hae meat and canna eat,

And some wad eat that want it,

But we hae meat and we can eat,

Sae let the Lord be thankit.”


Lolly wearing her tartan hat and performing her poem. Pupils later performed poetry in auld Scots dialect, using a range of musical accompaniments including maracas, woodblocks…and whoopee cushions! Some students, like Lolly, used special technology to add sound effects such as trains and dogs to popular children’s poems ‘The Boy on the Train’ and ‘A Dug, A Dug’.

The afternoon was finished off with a ceilidh, with staff and pupils alike dancing the Flying Scotsman, and of course, a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne!