Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great Chieftan o' the Puddin-race!
I have to admit this is not the normal opening to my lunch duty on a Friday, but how very apt, as pupils take feast on Haggis, Neeps and Tatties. I am sure that Rabbie himself would have enjoyed taking lunch with us today, not just to hear his infamous "Ode to a Haggis" being recited with Scottish pride, but to have the haggis piped in was something special.
To hear the beautiful, distinctive tones of the bagpipes was mesmerising and many of the pupils stared in awe as the piper marched around the Dining Room, playing his melodic tune. Today was an experience that the children will remember for many a day, especially as the piper was regaled in full Scottish attire from kilt and sporran, to Sgian Dubh.
Celebrating important days and festivals around the world adds to the cultural experience for the pupils. I believe it is important for them to appreciate the diverse world in which we live and some of the customs and rituals add flavour and realism to what can be just words on a page. There is nothing like first-hand experience to imbibe an atmosphere, something today's piper certainly gave our pupils. He even stayed to pipe them out of Hymn Practice later that afternoon!
Enjoy your Burns Supper, even if there is no traditional haggis in sight!