P7 Celebrate the Bard and the Chieftan O’ the Puddin Race

Primary 7 finally got to experience their Burns Supper last Thursday, complete with bagpipes, haggis, toasts and tartan!

They were joined by their teachers, Mrs Shanks and Mrs Wright as well as a number of guests from affiliated organisations such as Balerno High School, Balerno Village Trust, Currie Balerno Rotary Club, Dean Park PTA and the Marchbank and Balerno Burns Clubs. They were also thrilled to have the company of Annie Bowes and Ben Wilson, Balerno High School’s Head Girl and Head Boy (and former Head Girl and Head Boy of Dean Park), as well as piper, Duncan Cameron, Balerno High School’s Deputy Head Boy.

Chairing the Supper was Mhairi, who did a superb job of introducing guests and speakers, and keeping the event – and audience – in order!

The real star of the show – the haggis – made its grand entrance to the sound of bagpipes and was carried to the top table by bearer, Lachlan, where its fate awaited “…his knife see rustic Labour wipe, and cut you up with ready slight..”

Customary speeches and toasts were brilliantly delivered by the P7’s: Katie’ D’s Selkirk Grace, Olivia and Jamie’s fervent Address to a Haggis, Tom D’s Immortal Memory of Robert Burns, Leon, Josh and Cameron’s cheeky Address to the Lassies, and Ella and Katie’s sharp and witty defence of the lassies, in their Reply.

The audience were treated to two spectacular performances in betwixt speeches – the first, one of Burns’ most famous tales, Tam O’Shanter, was brought to life by Annie Bowes.  Annie whose love of Burns recitation was kindled and nurtured here at Dean Park, went on to achieve great success with her Burns, representing Edinburgh in the Nationals, which she won and was awarded Scotland’s junior Burnsian, the most coveted Burns award.

The second performance was given by Maya, a beautiful rendition of Ca’ the Yowes, which saw her win the P7 Burns singing competition earlier this year, and take 2nd place in the Edinburgh District Burns competition on Saturday.

Freddy brought the Supper to its conclusion with his Vote of Thanks, and invited everyone to join him in singing Auld Lang Syne, accompanied by P6 pupil Hamish on the piano.

It was an immensely enjoyable afternoon and a tremendous experience for the P7s, in what will hopefully be the first of many Burns Suppers they will attend or be asked to speak at in the future.

Huge thanks to everyone involved in bringing the event together, and to the kitchen staff for serving up a tasty 3 course meal.





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