Ellon pupils impress with Scots writing

Ellon Primary School P7s with Barry Barratt.
Ellon Primary School P7s with Barry Barratt.

Young Ellon storytellers helped local housebuilder Barratt celebrate Burns Night by taking part in a Scots language-themed writing competition.

Ellon Primary School P7 pupils were tasked with writing about celebrating at home, and in memory of Scotland’s national poet. The 29 children told their stories about weddings, birthdays, Christmas and New Year using Scots verse.

The team at Barratt Homes was so impressed they decided to donate £100 of book tokens to the school.

Romi Campbell, 10, was awarded first prize for her poem called ‘I’m Gaun Tae a Waddin’, which described a lively Scottish wedding dance.

Mike Cowie, Barratt North Scotland sales director, said: “We were delighted to hear that the children at Ellon Primary School were learning about Scots language, so we thought it would be an ideal opportunity to celebrate the Bard’s birthday.

“Choosing a winner was a very difficult task as all of the entries were excellent and extremely entertaining and thoughtful, like so much of Burns’ work.

“We’d like to congratulate Romi for winning first prize, and we hope the book tokens will help add to the school library and its Scots language collection.”

Leighanna Whalley, depute head teacher, said: “Ellon Primary School was delighted with how hard the P7 pupils worked on their poems and short stories. The children were highly motivated and the standard of work that they produced was astonishing.”