Great Scots and a’ that at Inverlochy Primary School

Inverlochy Primary School great scots from left: Erin MacPherson P5, Irina Oancea P6, Myla MacLeod P5, Connor McPhee P7, Isla Bryce P3, Jack Campbell P4, Craig Kennedy P2, Mila Conlon P1, Gianluca Lombardi P1. Photograph: Iain Ferguson,

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Every year towards the end of January Inverlochy Primary School pupils take part in their ‘Great Scot’ competition, learning and reciting poems in ‘the guid Scots tongue’.

These are not written by the Bard, who is celebrated at a similar time, but by contemporary poets in modern days Scots.

Each class runs heats with every pupil taking part before three performers, or group of performers, are chosen for the finals. The competition was held online, with judges watching from outside the school.

Pupils recited poems on a range of subjects including ‘buy me a dug’, each ‘daein their bit tae camera’ on the computer with great confidence and youthful energy.

After each section, judges met in private to discuss the performances, mostly coming to a similar agreement of who was the winner in each class.

Ilona Munro of Bright Productions who was on the judging panel said: ‘Everyone was just brilliant and it was so hard to pick a winner. It was great fun to be involved and see the way each of the poems was interpreted by the children. Weel din tae them aw.’

Photograph: Inverlochy Primary School great scots Erin MacPherson P5; Irina Oancea P6; Myla MacLeod P5; Connor McPhee P7; Isla Bryce P3; Jack Campbell P4; Craig Kennedy P2; Mila Conlon P1 and Gianluca Lombardi P1. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, NO_F06_Inverlochy Great Scott competition.