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Principal’s Post - Burns Night

Burns Supper - 25th January

This week one of Scotland’s most important celebrations takes place. It is the time when Scots all over the world commemorate the birth of Scotland’s national poet or bard - Robert Burns. He was born on January 25th 1759 and the long tradition of Burns Suppers celebrate his birthday with toasts, recitations of his poems and lyrics, together with speeches inspired by his life and works.  

Traditionally Cock-a-leekie soup, followed by haggis, neeps and tatties and rounded off with Cranachan for dessert is the usual menu at a Burns supper. Indeed the haggis is so important it has its own special poem and toast (‘Address to a Haggis’).  As Burns was also something of a ladies man, there is also a special toast to the women who are present (‘Toast to the lassies’) to which the ladies must respond. The main speech is known as ‘The Immortal Memory’.  Of course the supper will finish with that most famous of Burn’s lyrics, known the world over, ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

This week the afternoon excursion will be a Burns Supper at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Edinburgh's High Street. All the lucky students in Edinburgh at this time of year will be able to celebrate in real Scottish style this week.

If you are not in Scotland to celebrate Burns Night, you could always organise your own Burns supper wherever you live.  For more information on Burns and Burns suppers check out the following website www.robertburns.org  There is even a Burns app with all lyrics to his peoms and songs.

News from the school

By popular demand, ECS Scotland has started to give lessons by Skype for students who wish to continue learning with us after they have returned home. Blocks of lessons, which focus on any aspects of English you wish, can be purchased by contacting the school.  More information can be found at here.

Words in the News

‘Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o the puddin'-race!’ and other such words from the old Scots’ language will be heard in abundance over the coming days, thanks to Burns.

Keep on studying English and let us have your snippets of news too.

Robert Burns, born 25th January 1759

Enjoy a splash of whisky with your haggis or as a dram after dinner

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