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Thank you to all the schools and pre-schools across the country who have been sending in details and photographs of their Homecoming, St Andrew's Day and Burns' Day celebrations.

These are currently being showcased on interactive maps on the Learning and Teaching Scotland website. Visit the site to find out how schools and pre-schools celebrated St Andrew's Day and Burns' Day and the activities they have planned for throughout the rest of the Homecoming year.

See how schools celebrated St Andrew's Day in 2007....


East Lothian pupils create a 'Human Saltire'!




Acredyke Nursery School (Glasgow City)

The nursery celebrated in the run up to the Scotland v Italy football game as well as having a St Andrew's Day Party on November 30. The nursery was decorated and the children ate Scottish snacks.

Airth Primary School (Falkirk)

Parents and pupils attended an annual ceilidh during which pupils put on Highland Dancing displays. Parents joined in some of the dances too! There were Scottish activities throughout the day. They also had a visit from Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Education and Lifelong Learning and Cathie Peattie, MSP for Falkirk East, who joined in the dancing.

Alva Academy (Clackmannanshire)Pupils were invited to wear kilts and tartan skirts to an assembly for S1 and S2 pupils, which included the presentation of a cheque for £5,118 to Susan Nimmo on behalf of Macmillan Nurses. Music was provided by the school pipers, fiddle orchestra and a solo vocalist. Medals were presented to pupils successful in sport and other areas. John Beattie from BBC Scotland was in attendance.alva
Anna Ritchie School (Aberdeenshire)

The whole week was a frenzy of activity to prepare for St Andrew's Day. One class told the story of how St Andrew came to Scotland, while others were reading material by Scottish authors. The Junior School dressed up and joined clans to stage their own Highland Games - supported by a piper, drummer and dancers. They even had a staff tug of war.

Ardallie Primary (Aberdeenshire)

Staff and pupils had a tartan day where they wore something tartan. Pupils worked collaboratively to design their own tartan and held a topical assembly.

Athelstaneford Primary School (East Lothian)

Athelstaneford Primary organised a lunchtime cafe and raffle in the village hall with support from the Parent Council and many local businesses. The school had a special enterprise day to help create Scottish decorations for the hall. They also raised their new flag.

Auchenharvie Academy (North Ayrshire)

They produced a DVD showcasing pupils' successes in the school. This was played on St. Andrew's Day alongside a display of individual achievement and a Curriculum for Excellence Wall.

Auchtertool Primary School (Fife)

The school hosted a ceilidh in the local village hall on the afternoon of St Andrew's Day. There was live music, dancing, poetry and singing. The whole community was invited to participate and had tea and shortbread to finish.

Aviemore Primary (Highland)

The Hopscotch Theatre company performed the Story of St Andrew in the school with special guest Fergus Ewing, Minister for Community Safety. The pupils performed in a special performance that evening in Aviemore.

Avoch Primary (Highland)

On November 29 the school held a ceilidh featuring the school orchestra, chanter music, singing and guitar pieces. On Friday they all wore tartan to support the local Highland Hospice - so far £100 has been collected.

Banchory Primary School (Aberdeenshire)

Banchory Primary celebrate with a St Andrew's Day assembly with songs, poetry and dancing. They also had a special visit from Maureen Watt, Minister for Schools and Skills.

Bankhead Primary (South Lanarkshire)

They hosted Highland Games, Scottish lunch and a ceilidh with Burgh and St Columbkille Primary Schools. The pupils organised caber tossing and Strip the Willow.

Barthol Chapel School (Aberdeenshire)

The school's Parent Council organised a family ceilidh which was held on the evening of 30 November. Pupils practised all the dances in preparation.

Bell Baxter High School (Fife)

S1 lessons throughout the week focused on a Scottish theme leading up to St Andrew's day. There was also a S1/S2 St Andrew's ceilidh on Thursday, November 29 and local ministers gave a St. Andrews assembly for each year group that week.

Bushes Primary School (Renfrewshire)

St Andrew's Day celebrations reflected on the successful bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In the week prior to St Andrew's Day each class held sports competitions. During the St. Andrew's Day assembly everyone wore tartan and took part in singing and dancing. The 'sports heroes' were presented with medals.

Calside Primary (Dumfries & Galloway)

Pupils wore tartan and learned about the history of St Andrew and the Saltire. They wrote stories as a Scottish warrior and had Saltire-themed lessons. They had lunch of lentil soup, mince and tatties followed by shortbread and fruit.

Campie Primary School (East Lothian)

There was a whole school activity entitled 'Proud To Be A Scot: Proud To Be A Citizen Of The World'. The work celebrated the landscape, people, language and music of Scotland and Africa.

Cardinal Newman High School (north Lanarkshire)

As part of S6 Enterprise education pupils were trained in the basics of professional floristry and set up a company under the Young Enterprise programme. They sold buttonhole flowers reflecting a Scottish theme and a portion of the profits were donated to school charities.

Carrongrange School (Falkirk)

The school has just produced a new website to showcase their achievement. See www.carrongrange.falkirk.sch.uk

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Cauldeen Primary (Highland)

Work started five weeks before St Andrew's day with tutors helping the pupils understand Scottish and Gaelic culture. P7 participated in whistle workshops, P5/6 took part in Bodhran workshops, P5 learned Gaelic songs, P3-7 enthusiastically country danced. This hard work culminated in an international community concert as P3-7 girls performed a Chinese fan dance in full costume whilst others sang songs in French, Maori and Polish. P6/7 performed a French play.


Clovenstone Primary (Edinburgh)

They enjoyed the delights of a Scottish breakfast and fuelled up on porridge, cereals, honey, oatcakes, a selection of Scottish cheese, pancakes and much, much more (yummy). Flags were hoisted and tablecloths were blue and white. All this was with The Proclaimers playing in the background!

Cameron tried honey for the first time and said "it was delicious", Demi Leigh never thought porridge "would be so tasty".

Condorrat Schools (North Lanarkshire)

Baird Memorial Primary, St. Helen's Primary and Condorrat Primary celebrated St. Andrew's Day together as part of their 'Condorrat Schools Together' anti-sectarian project. Pupils put on a concert for parents and special guests to showcase the activities they have been doing together, including Gaelic choir, Scottish poetry, dance and ICT Research.

Deanpark Nursery School (Glasgow City)

Children and staff wore tartan and sampled Scottish food and drink. They painted Scottish flags and enjoy a dancing demonstration from primary school pupils. They ended with stories set in Scotland, such as Katie Morag.

Doune Primary School (Stirling)

Parents, carers and grandparents were invited to visit school from 8.30am. With their children they shared and celebrated all the good work the pupils have been doing this term.

Dunlop Primary (East Ayrshire)

The school held a special assembly where pupils will wore tartan and the nursery class wore homemade Glengarry bonnets. Local Minister Rev Maureen Duncan attended and the pupils sang Scottish songs, played Scottish music and danced.

Dunoon Primary (Argyll & Bute)

Primary 5 held a ceilidh and all children got involved in singing, dancing, telling jokes and playing musical instruments during the afternoon.

Earnhill Primary School (Inverclyde)

On St Andrew's Day there was an assembly where each class celebrated a famous modern Scot. They attempted a human flag in the playground and invited the local press to record the results!

Eastern Primary School (Dundee City)

Pupils celebrated St Andrew's Day with a fun day, involving Scottish activities, traditional snacks and tartan dress. In the afternoon, P5 pupils invited parents/guests to join in a ceilidh with Scottish dancing, fiddlers, bagpipes, Scottish poetry and singing.

Elgin High School (Moray)

The school held five St Andrew's themed assemblies featuring famous Scots presentations, music, dancing, poetry and addresses from visiting MSPs. This included Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment. S2 pupils recreated the experiment that led to the discovery of penicillin by famous Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming.

Fraserburgh Academy (Aberdeenshire)

The school held a 'Celebrating Diversity Day' on November 30 with themes including racial equality and anti-sectarianism. They involved local primary schools and celebrated the cultural diversity of their community.

Friarton Nursery (Perth & Kinross)

A week of Scottish celebrations included: singing 'Ally Bally', flying the Saltire, Scottish snacks, tartan collage work, tartan dressing up clothes, making Saltires and finally the Friarton Jig on Friday.

The Glasgow Academy, Atholl (Milngavie) (East Dunbartonshire)

On November 23, pupils held a family ceilidh in the local church with a live ceilidh band. On the 29th, there was dancing and singing in the school hall.

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Glencairn Primary School (North Ayrshire)

The school organised a Great Tartan Walk on St. Andrew's Day through the town, escorted by police and pipers. Each class walked the equivalent distance of part of the West Highland Way before St Andrew's Day so that on November 30 pupils were fit for the long walk.

Glencoats Primary School (Renfrewshire)

A St Andrew's Day Gala morning featured: a sponsored skip to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and the school; exhibition of pupil's art; presenting their studies on Scotland to parents and friends; songs, poetry, dance, drama and puppet show. Guests were able to purchase items and look at displays.

Gleniffer High (Renfrewshire)

S3 pupils made and sold tartan ribbons. Part of profits went to charity. S6 pupils sold homemade jelly and shortbread. A pupil accordian band played in the staff room and social area. The staff 'rock group' also did a rendition of Proclaimers '500 miles'. Everyone was encouraged to wear tartan scarves.

Glenwood High School (Fife)

A Scottish flag was flown from the roof as pupils and staff arrived wearing kilts or tartan. They were quizzed on their knowledge of Scotland, solved the Scottish 'Murder in the Library', looked at National days across Europe, and entertained with Scottish music. Traditional baking was sold with the proceeds going to their twin school in Sri Lanka. The day was finished with a ceilidh and jam session.

Grangemouth High School (Falkirk)

Their library did lunchtime activities with their reading group to add to a St Andrew's Day display. Pupils designed their own tartan using overlays of card producing beautiful results.

Greyfriars Independent School (Dumfries and Galloway)

Pupils celebrated with a fun-packed day of Medieval Highland Games. The day was rounded off with an exciting fireworks display.
Head of Muir Primary (Falkirk)

Infants ran a 'design Nessie' competition and sold tartan badges before St Andrew's Day. On the 30th they held a Scottish lunch followed by a get together in the hall to perform Scottish songs, poems and dancing. They had a piper and P6 showed a moviemaker film of their ideas of Scotland day. They had a great day celebrating their own culture and truly felt citizens of Scotland.

Hill of Beath Primary (Fife)

The school opened its doors to parents and carers to showcase a celebration of Scottish Culture including: P3/4 demonstrated cutting edge ICT skills in animation, digital recording and computer programming; P6/7 showed their version of 'Tam O' Shanter'; P5/6 entertained with music, poetry, dance and songs.

Kellands School (Aberdeenshire)

All 280 primary pupils were mixed up for the day. Older children helped the younger ones. Teachers organised activities such as shinty, highland games, design a highland cow using boxes and newspaper, make Scottish greeting cards, learn songs, design tartan, make an origame Loch Ness Monster. The tuck shop sold scones and parents helped out. It was great to see older children being responsible caring citizens. The school focused on helping to develop the emerging Scottish identity.

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Kidston Kids Playgroup, Kilmacolm (Inverclyde)

Pupils made their own Saltire flags and created pictures of Nessie. They listened to Scottish songs, tried out dances and tasted oatcakes and shortbread.

Killermont Primary (East Dunbartonshire)

Throughout the year the school has had many events to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the new school building. On November 28 and 29, the whole school performed in a special concert. Each year group took a decade from the 1940's to the 2000's and entertained with songs, music, dancing and important events from their decade.

Kilmarnock Academy (East Ayrshire)

A Celebrating Success achievements event was held in front of invited guests and parents, catered by hospitality students. All manner of achievements were rewarded, from first class attendance, through knitted visual aids for Biology, to fundraising achievements. Music department pupils entertained.

Kilpatrick School (West Dunbarton)Primary classes celebrated through Enterprise. Pupils with significant ASN made different crafts to sell from personalised photo-calendars to papier-mache fruit bowls. A fayre was held to sell the goods and pupils enjoyed Scottish snacks, finishing with a party. Secondary pupils secured an order for their bead jewellery from a shop in Lomond Shores retail area.kilpatrick
Kingcase Primary School (South Ayrshire)

P4-P7 held a 'Celebration of Scottishness' afternoon which involved presentations on Famous Scots from William Wallace to Andy Murray! There was Scottish songs, Scottish country dancing and a bagpipe recital. Olympic gold medallist Rhona Martin talked to the children about her Olympic experience.

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Kinnaird Primary (Falkirk)

The grand final of their 'McX Factor' was held on St Andrew's Day. All performances connected to Scotland from dancing and poems to songs by modern Scottish artists.

Kirkintilloch High (E. Dunbarton)

The school celebrated a week early by holding competitions on famous Scottish people, table-tennis, cross-words and quizzes with a Scottish theme. They created a Saltire flag out of silver and bronze coins; bagpipes were played; and French students recorded Auld Lang Syne. They used this occasion to learn about marketing.

Kirklandneuk Primary (Renfrewshire)

The school held a whole school assembly dedicated to St Andrew. Pupils came to school dressed in blue and white or tartan. The PTA held a family ceilidh in the evening with Scottish dancing, traditional games and a buffet provided by the school cook.

Kirkriggs School (Glasgow City)

The school held a family ceilidh to celebrate St Andrew's Day. They all enjoyed an evening of traditional food and dancing which involved the whole school community.

Lainshaw Primary (East Ayrshire)

Two teachers from the school spent a week visiting schools in Spain. They took Scottish gifts and lead 'Spanish St Andrew's Day' activities, teaching Scottish songs and dances.

Lamington Primary School (South Lanarkshire)

The school held their St Andrew's Celebration on November 29 in the local village hall. They celebrated Scottish heritage with singing, poetry from a local councillor, music and Scottish country dancing. They practised Scots language in preparation!

Langbank Primary School (Renfrewshire)

Langbank had a 'Scottish Week' leading up to St Andrew's Day, including a Scottish Dance afternoon and a visit from a Scottish storyteller. P6/7 had a go at Scottish country dancing with colleagues in Inverclyde. Parents were invited to see their whiteboard in action (full of Scottish information) and there was Scottish food for all.

Law Nursery (Dundee)

The nursery provided lots of activity including a Scottish themed snack, Scottish music for songs and dancing, stories and poems, dressing up, tartan and Saltire focused art and craft. A fiddler played Scottish music for part of the day.

Leslie Nursery (Fife)The nursery played Scottish music and raised the Saltire flag in the playground.leslie nursery
Lochend Community High (Glasgow)Across the school different activities in different departments took place including: the study of Scottish songs and music, a ceilidh, a quiz and discussion, study of Scottish scientists/engineers, artwork on Burns poetry, and Saltire problem solving. They also studied Scotland's relationship with France, matching French numbers to meanings to create a picture of Nessie.lochends
Locharbriggs Primary (Dumfries & Galloway)

The whole school dressed in either tartan or blue/white. There were lots of activities going on throughout the day ending in a celebration assembly. The cook prepared a Scottish lunch.

Lundin Mill Primary (Fife)

Parents and friends were invited into the school for a Scots Afternoon with Scottish Country Dancing performed by classes (who also took part in the Fife Scottish Country Dance Festival). Guests were invited to join in. Activities included singing, reciting poetry and talking about Scots words. One pupil entertained his fellow pupils by playing his accordion.

Macduff Primary (Aberdeenshire)

There was lots of Highland dancing in the nursery, a bring and buy sale for all pupils (in aid of Save the Children) and a St Andrew's Day disco.

Meadowburn Primary School (Gaelic Unit) (East Dunbartonshire)

The P5/6/7 Gaelic stream planned an annual St Andrew's Day ceilidh. The children prepared the programme and organised two performances - one for pupils and staff and another for relatives and invited members of the local community. The local newspaper writes an article each year.

Melrose Grammar Primary (Scottish Borders)

P3 had a Scottish day on Friday by cooking, dancing, making flags and telling stories. They also had a piper and danced into the school.

Minnigaff Primary (Dumfries & Galloway)

P1/2 made a Saltire, P3/4 learned Scottish songs, P5/6 took part in Scottish Country Dancing and P7 designed a new tartan. There was an after school club for Scottish country dancing for senior pupils prior to a festival of dance in Spring. The school will expand this work for Burns day in January.

Moffatt Academy (Dumfries and Galloway)

On November 23, the Primary department celebrated St Andrew's Day with a performance of the 'Story of Saint Andrew' by Hopscotch Theatre Company. In the afternoon, classes formed mixed groups and rotated around different themed activities.

Netherlee Primary (East Renfrewshire)

Primary 5 hosted a 'Famous Scots' Assembly to raise the profile of all our Scottish talents from sports to inventors. The school went to Edinburgh Castle on St Andrew's Day to conclude their Famous Scots topic.

Newtongrange Primary (Midlothian)

They designed a Scot's flag as homework. On Friday, at a whole school assembly, the pupils brought in their flags and joined everyone in a Scottish sing-along, story telling and wearing kilts. They enjoyed a special Scottish menu at lunch time.

Nitshill Primary (Glasgow)

St Andrew's day celebrations are a tradition in Nitshill. Everyone wears a bit of tartan and sticky St Andrew's flags. They had an assembly which included singing, dancing and poems.

Our Lady RC Primary (Perth & Kinross)

A special concert took place featuring nursery pupils reciting the Moose Poem and P1 singing Robin Redbriest and the Welly Boot song. P6/7 danced and sang Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny Aff a Bus and Three Craws. P2 recited Wee Willie Winkie and Nicky, Nacky, Noo. All this was performed in front of special guest Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.

Park Nursery (Glasgow)

They created a huge Loch Ness Monster from recycled junk. This was displayed with the the Scottish Flag in the playroom for parents and visitors to see. They also had Scottish stories, rhymes and music to celebrate the day, and eating Scottish snacks.

Quarriers Larkfield Family Centre (Inverclyde)

They celebrated St Andrew's Day with their Quarriers colleagues who were visiting from a sister project in Taganka, Russia. They made flags and bunting and planned a special menu. They sang songs to their special guests and the guests sang Russian versions. They all played games together showing that they can communicate without language.

St Brendan's Primary (Glasgow City)

Primary 4 put on a St Andrew's display on November 30 featuring poetry, singing and ceilidh dancing. Pupils wore tartan and tasted traditional Scottish food.

St Catherine's Primary School (Glasgow City)

They celebrated St Andrew's week with a visit from Hopscotch Theatre Company who performed "Saint Andrew and the Story of Scotland's Flag".

St Columba's High School (Inverclyde)

S1 pupils had a week-long cross-curricular project, with all lessons based around Scottish Successes. The celebration on the final day included a mini Highland Games and a ceilidh.

St Kenneth's Primary (Fife)

P3/4 pupils took part in the Scottish Country Dance Festival on December 3. Prior to this parents were invited into the school to see their dancing and hear Scottish songs. Scottish bites were served and a raffle held.

St Mark's Primary, Hamilton (South Lanarkshire)P4/5 led the school mass at St Peter's and there was a Star Pupil assembly in which everyone in the community was invited. All classes sang songs and poetry and P5/6 performed a St Andrew's day play. They fundraised for SCIAF with pupils wearing tartan of Scottish themed clothing for £1 per family.stmarks
St Mary's Primary Bannockburn (Stirling)

They held a special assembly where they danced, sang, recited poems and recounted the story of St Andrew and his connection with Scotland. They always celebrate the Feast of St Andrew.

St Mary's Primary School, Bathgate (West Lothian)

Both Primary 5 classes performed a St Andrew's Day concert full of Scottish songs, poetry, dancing and drama.

St Mary's Primary School, Duntocher (West Dunbartonshire)

P7 organised a whole school concert of Scottish songs and poems and a group visited the Senior Citizens' Thursday Club. The P4 enterprise group 'Scottish Tartan Gift Company' made and sold Scottish souvenirs and P5 had a 'Sweetie Stall'. There were competitions such as guess Nessie's birthday, guess the Scottie dog's name and guess the weight of the haggis! P6 reported on celebrations in their 'Mary's Mail' newspaper.

St Matthew's Primary (East Ayrshire)

A special assembly took place with a powerpoint presentation designed by P7 pupils about the life of St Andrew and Scottish dancing by P4 pupils. They are excited to be moving to a new school in April - called St Andrew's PS.

St Michael's Primary School (Dumfries and Galloway)

Pupils showcased their skills and talents at a 'Celebrate Your Successes' Assembly, which included musical items, certificates and a reading from 'Georgie's Mingin Medicine'. They also designed a school flag, tasted Scottish food, wore tartan and watched a Scottish themed film.

St Oswalds Primary (Glasgow)There was a whole day of celebrations with pupils going round different stations of Scottish food, designing tartan, a quiz, famous Scots, music, the life of St Andrew, designing graffiti bricks and Scottish games culminating in a mass Ceilidh. Some of the pupils said "I love haggis", "what a great day" and "I liked learning the dances".stoswalds

St Swithin Pre-School and Infant Nursery (Aberdeenshire)

The nursery was decorated with Saltires to celebrate St Andrew's Day.
Shawbridge Nursery (Glasgow)

Out of 110 familes, 75 are originally from other countries. The school held a week long multi-cultural celebration including: Highland Games, parents performing traditional Scots songs, having Scottish food including broth, oatcakes and cheese, learning Scottish Country dancing, making flags, building Scottish castles in sand and face painting.

Spateston Nursery (Renfrewshire)They had a visit from a piper and drummer. The children marched behind the piper to the flagpole where a Saltire flag was hoisted.spatestown
Swinton Primary (Glasgow)They celebrated their successes by showcasing a variety of Scottish-themed work across the whole school such as dancing, poetry and singing. They finished with a Scottish snack in the afternoon.swinton
Tanshall Primary (Fife)

Primary 7 classes performed Scottish and highland dancing and the choir performed 'A Parcel of Rogues' and other Scots songs. On Friday afternoon they all be sang and danced along with parents.

Todholm Primary School (Renfrewshire)

Todholm Primary's Pupil Council led a St Andrew's Day extravaganza featuring P3 - P7 performing Scottish songs and poems. Nursery children invited their parents to join in and everyone wore tartan. Check out the school blog for pictures and videos: http://www.todholm.renfrewshire.sch.uk/jb.html

Tom Thumb Nursery (Edinburgh)The children went out an about in South Queensferry to see what is has to offer, taking photos and making a book. They read stories, learning Scottish words, danced, made flags, created thistle coasters, sang (accompanied by a 'moothie'). They finished with a visit to Edinburgh Castle on St Andrew's Day.tom thumb
Upper Achintore Primary (Highland)

Celebrating with Mini Highland Games, Ceilidh in the afternoon with past and present pupils taking part.

Waid Academy (Fife)

87 S2 pupils took part in a sponsored walk along the old pilgrim route from Guardbridge to St Andrew's Cathedral to raise funds for the Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS).

Whiteinch Primary (Glasgow)On the 28th they had a Scottish Family Evening where they ate Scottish food, hosted a 'Who wants to be a millionaire' quiz and had live Scottish entertainment. On Friday they discarded their school uniforms to raise money for the Scottish NSPCC.whiteinch
Whithorn Primary (Dumfries & Galloway)

Pupils and staff dressed up as famous Scots. They gathered in hall to hear story of St Andrew, sing, recit and listen to stories. Scots was the language of the day with a 'mither or faither or two managing alang tae join in, and the wee yins listened tae the bigger weans singin an recitin'.

Wigtown Primary School (Dumfries and Galloway)

Prior to their St Andrew's Day holiday, pupils held a special day when they wore tartan, took part in a 'Scots Brain Gym' session and listened to teachers read extracts from their favourite Scots story or poem.

Windyknowe Primary School (West Lothian)

Pupils had a whole week of celebrations including pipers, a Scottish quiz, rhymes and stories in Scots, dancing, singing, and a Scottish-themed menu. There was a challenge to construct a flagpole to fly the saltire! Dress code: tartan!

Have a look at how schools celebrated in 2006.

Celebrating Success - Spring 2007 Newsletter