The Bridgeton Burns Club

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President 2014 - 2015 Alasdair R. J. Ronald

 

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The Schools Competition

The Annual Schools Competition takes place in St Mungo's Academy in Crownpoint Road in Glasgow on the first Friday in December.   

Between 500 and 700 children and young adults take part in the competition and their ages range from 5 years to 17 years old.   

Other children take part in the Art and News desk Competitions.   The Competition is run on a voluntary basis by the Directors and

Past Presidents of the Club, ably assisted by a panel of independent Adjudicators who are responsible for judging the various participants.

Several of the competition winners are invited to perform their winning pieces at the annual dinner on the 25th January, in the Glasgow Marriot

Hotel, in front of 700 members and guests and again at the annual concert and prize giving in Woodside Halls in February

The Bridgeton Burns Club pays for all of the costs of the children taking part in the Competition, the Annual Dinner and the Concert

and Prize Giving.   This includes transport, the cost of renting the School and Woodside Halls, medals and prizes for the children,

refreshments, printing, materials, etc.  The Club funds all of this from generous donations made by the members and their guests on

the evening of the Annual Dinner.   The cost of the Schools Competition and Concert is now in exceeding £18,500.00 per annum

and the amount raised at the Annual Dinner is £4,500.00 short of the required amount. 

In previous years, when there has been a surplus of funds, that surplus has been passed to the Fund for The Arts and is used to support

young adults progressing to University to study Art, Music, Drama or Literature.

The Bridgeton Burns Club welcomes any donation to assist with its work in promoting the life and work of Robert Burns amongst the

school children of the schools of the East End of Glasgow.  

*If you would like to make a donation, to help support the work of the Club, please send it to The Bridgeton Burns Club address

on our Home Page.  We can supply a Gift Aid form which allows to claim additional monies from HMRC - approx. 28% of the value of the donation*

Schools Convener Andrew Samuel email: andrew@samuel1.co.uk

 

Schools Competition Results 6th December 2013:

A Full list of all of the results of the recent Schools Competition can be found by clicking on the link below.

                         

 

A recent letter received from a previous Schools' Competition participant - Aileen McGregor

How lovely to know that the Burns' competition is still going strong.    I took part, in 1956, and although I didn't win, I enjoyed the experience.    It introduced me to the works of our national bard and I still enjoy reading his writings - some good and some, well, not so good!

I still have and treasure the the book I received, on 25th January, 1956.   It's still in its dust cover!

It was, and I know still is, a great introduction to Burns' poems and songs, but in addition, it gave us, the poorer children, a sense of identity and yes, importance. 

I am so happy that this competition still goes on.

Aileen McGregor

 

 

List of Schools Eligible for the 2014 Competition

 

PRIMARY – NON-DENOMINATIONAL- GLASGOW

Alexandra Parade, Dennistoun,  G31

Aultmore Park, Lochend, G33

Avenue End, G33

Balornock, G21

Barmulloch, G21

Caledonia, G69

Carmunnock, G76

Carmyle, G32

Carntyne, G33

Castleton, G45

Cranhill, G33

Croftfoot, G44

Dalmarnock, Tollcross, G40

Eastbank, Gartocher, G32

East Glasgow Music School, G32

Garrowhill, G69

Golfhill, Dennistoun, G31

Haghill, G31

Mount Vernon, G32

Oakwood, G34

Quarrybrae G31

Royston, G21

Sandaig, G33

Sunnyside, G33

Swinton, G69

Thorntree, G32

Wellshot, Tollcross, G32

 

PRIMARY R.C. SCHOOLS- GLASGOW

Holy Cross, G42

John Paul II, G45

Our Lady of Peace, G33

Sacred Heart, Bridgeton G40

St Anne’s, Bridgeton, G40

St Benedict’s, Lochend, G34

St Brigid’s, G42

St Denis, Dennistoun, G31

St Joachim’s, G32

St Mark’s, Parkhead, G31

St Michael’s Parkhead, G31

St Paul’s, Shettleston, G32

St Philomena’s, G33

St Roch’s, G21

St Rose of Lima, G33

St Thomas, G33

St Timothy’s G32

 

PRIMARY SCHOOLS CAMBUSLANG/RUTHERGLEN

Bankhead, Rutherglen G73

Burgh, Rutherglen G73

Burnside, Rutherglen G73

Cairns, Halfway, Cambuslang, G72

Calderwood, Rutherglen, G73

Cathkin, Rutherglen G73

Hallside, Halfway, Cambuslang, G72

James Aiton, Cambuslang, G72

Loch, Springhall, Rutherglen G73

Spittal, Rutherglen, G73

St Anthony’s, Rutherglen, G73

St Bride’s, Cambuslang G72

St Cadoc’s, Halfway,  Cambuslang, G72

St Charles, Newton, Cambuslang, G72

St Columbkille’s, Rutherglen, G73

St Mark’s, Blairbeth, Rutherglen, G73

West Coats, Cambuslang, G72.

Kirktonholme, Nerston, East Kilbride G74

 

SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLS

Croftcroigh Primary, Garthamlock. G33

Eastmuir Primary, Hallhill, G33

Newhills Primary, G33

 

SECONDARY – NON DENOMINATIONAL, GLASGOW

Ashcraig Secondary, G33

Bannerman High, Baillieston G69

Castlemilk High, G45

Eastbank Academy, Shettleston, G32

East Glasgow Music School, G32

King’s Park Secondary, G44

Lochend Community High, G34

Smithycroft Academy, G33

Springburn Academy, G21

Whitehill Secondary, G31

 

SECONDARY – R.C. GLASGOW

All Saints Secondary, G21

Holyrood Secondary, G42

St Andrew’s Secondary, G32

St Margaret Mary’s Secondary, G45

St Mungo’s Academy, Bridgeton, G40

St Roch’s Secondary, G21

 

SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOLS

Parkhill Secondary, Dennistoun, G31

St Aidan’s Secondary, G32

 

SECONDARY – CAMBUSLANG/RUTHERGLEN

Cathkin High, Cambuslang G72

Rutherglen High, Cambuslang, G72

Stonelaw High, Rutherglen, G73

Trinity High, Rutherglen, G73

 

 

Syllabus for 2014 Competition

 

ELIGIBILITY: The Competition is open to all SCHOOLS in the EAST of GLASGOW and Members’ Children. There is NO ENTRANCE FEE

VENUE: The Competition will be held on FRIDAY 5th DECEMBER, 2014 commencing at 5.00 p.m. in St. Mungo’s Academy, Crownpoint Road, Bridgeton, Glasgow G40 2RA.

CONTENT: The Competition is open to both PRIMARY and SECONDARY SCHOOLS and includes:

            VERSE SPEAKING [Individual and Group Choral]

            SPEECHMAKING [Secondary only]

            CHOIRS [Both Primary & Secondary]

            SOLO SINGING [Both Primary & Secondary] and DUETS [Secondary only]

            SINGERS & PLAYERS [Primary only]

            SOLO INSTRUMENTAL PRIMARY and SECONDARY (No bagpipes)

            ART [Both Primary and Secondary ] and ASSISTED LEARNING ART

            NEWSDESK [Both Primary and Secondary]

REFERENCES: Poems & Songs of Robert Burns - Fontana/Collins

      Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns - Harper Collins

      Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns – Geddes & Grosset

      The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns – Alloway Publishing

Various Song Books as specified.

 

CONDITIONS:

Names of pupil entrants must be forwarded to the Competition Convener,

JOHN McCAIG, Bridgeton Burns Club Competition Office,

c/o 23 DUNNOTTAR STREET, BISHOPBRIGGS, G64 1PR

or email: Maureen@bridgetonburnsclub.org.uk

not later than 5th November, 2014.

It has been decided to go back to the practice of set test pieces for Primary Girls Solos due to too much repetition when prize-winners perform at the Concert.

Where no test piece is indicated the pupils can choose a suitable song in conjunction with their teacher.

The pieces chosen must be Burn’s songs and a maximum of three verses. Schools may only enter up to 6 soloists.

Where Own Choice is permissible, the Convenor must be advised by Tuesday 20th November what pieces the pupils intend singing so that adjudicators

can be given advance notification of the music.

Pupil entrants may NOT enter for more than 5 SECTIONS in the overall competition, covering MUSIC, VERSE, CHORAL, INSTRUMENTAL etc.

This does not include ART & NEWSDESK.

 

TROPHIES & PRIZES : Prizes will awarded to the first three successful contestants in each section.

Cups, Shields and Trophies will be held by the winning school for one year. These must be returned to the Competition Office prior to the date of

the following year’s Competition or on the evening of the Competition at the latest, i.e 5th December 2014 for the current year.

ANNUAL CONCERT AND DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES:

First and Second Prize-winners will be expected to perform at the Annual Concert and Prize-giving on FRIDAY 6th FEBRUARY 2015 in Woodside Halls,

Glenfarg Street, Glasgow, with all Prize-winners being present to collect their respective prizes, Doors open at 6.00pm - Concert commences 6.30pm.

ART & NEWSDESK: An Exhibition of the Winning Entries in both these categories will be shown at the

Annual Prize Winners’ Concert on Friday 6th February 2015.

 

PRIMARY VERSE SECTION

All competitors may be questioned by examiners on the interpretation and English equivalent of Scots words and phrases from the selected piece.

Number of entrants from each school should not exceed 6 for each Category, with the exception of Choral Speaking which can be 5 to 15 voices.

All Poems mentioned can be found in either The Bridgeton Burns Club Presentation Book of Poems and Songs, The Complete Poems & Songs of Robert Burns

(Geddes & Grosset) or (Collins Classics edition) whichever book you have. For Solo Verse Speaking – If "gestures" are deemed desirable, natural movements are preferred to coached.

SOLO VERSE

PRIMARY 1 – THE JOANN GILMARTIN PLINTH

THE DUSTY MILLER Verse 1 Page 432 (8 lines)

 

PRIMARY 2 & 3 – THE BARBARA OGSTON MEMORIAL ROSEBOWL

TO A MOUSE V1, and V4, Page 111 (12 lines)

 

PRIMARY 4 & 5 - THE ANDY WILKIE MEMORIAL TROPHY

THE TWA DOGS State Title- "The Twa Dogs" then Verses 2 & 3 to "Lang" then

Verse 4 first two lines "Hae doubt – thick the gither (14 lines)

 

PRIMARY 6 & 7 – THE WILLIAM LAW MEMORIAL TROPHY

EPISTLE TO DAVIE Verses 1 and 5 Page 114 (28 lines)

 

CHORAL SPEAKING. The use of "gestures" is acceptable and may be coached.

PRIMARY 1 – 7 – THE WINNING WEBSTER TROPHY – (Groups of 5 to 15 Voices)

(for Primary or Secondary)

PRIMARY 1 - 4 - THE SILVER TASSIE Whole Poem and repeat first 4 lines Page 505 (24 lines)

PRIMARY 5 – 7 - TAM O’SHANTER From "But Maggie stood" to "Which even to name would

be unlawful" Page 202 (32 lines)

PRIMARY VERSE SELECTIONS

P1 – THE DUSTY MILLER – V1

Hey the dusty miller, And his dusty coat!

He will spend a shilling, Or he win a groat.

Dusty was the coat, Dusty was the colour,

Dusty was the kiss, That I gat frae the miller!

P2 & 3 – TO A MOUSE – V1 & V4

Wee,sleekit, cowrin, tim’rous beastie,

O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!

Thou need na start awa sae hasty, Wi’ bickering brattle!

I wad be laith to rin an’ chase thee, Wi’ murdering pattle!

Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin!

Its silly wa’s, the win’s are strewin!

An’ naething, now, to big a new ane, O’ foggage green!

An’ bleak December’s win’s ensuin, Baith snell an’ keen!

P4 & 5 – THE TWA DUGS – V2, 4 & , V5 2 LINES

THE TWA DUGS – A TALE

The first I’ll name, they ca’d him Caesar,

Was keepit for "his Honor’s" pleasure;

His hair, his size, his mouth, his lugs,

Shew’d he was nane o’ Scotland’s dogs,

But whalpit some place far abroad,

Whare sailors gang to fish for cod.

The tither was a ploughman’s collie,

A rhyming, ranting raving billie,

Wha for his friend an’ comrade had him,

And in his freaks had Luath ca’d him,

After some dog in Highland sang,

Was made lang syne – Lord knows how lang.

Nae doubt but they were fain o’ither,

And unco pack an’ thick thegither.

P6 & 7 – EPISTLE TO DAVY - V1 AND V5

While winds frae aff Ben-Lomond blaw,

And bar the doors wi’ drivin’ snaw,

And hing us owre the ingle,

I set me down to pass the time,

And spin a verse or twa o’ rhyme,

In hamely, westlin jingle:

While frosty winds blaw in the drift, Ben to the chimla lug

I grudge a wee the great-folk’s gift,

That live saw bien an’ snug:

I tent less, and want less, Their roomy fire-side;

But hanker, and canker, To see their cursed pride.

It’s no in titles or in rank;

It’s no in wealth like Lon’on Bank,

To purchase peace and rest.

It’s no in makin muckle, mair;

It,s no in books, it’s no in lear, to make us truly blest

If happiness hae not her seat an’ centre in the breast

We may be wise, or rich, or great,

But never can be blest!

Contd……

Nae treasures nor pleasures could make us happy lang;

The heart ay’s the part ay that makes us right or wrang.

CHORAL SPEAKING – P1–4 – THE SILVER TASSIE

Go, fetch to me a pint o’ wine, And fill it in a silver tassie

That I may drink before I go, A service to my bonie lassie!

The boat rocks at the pier o’Leith,

Fu’loud the wind blaws frae the Ferry,

The ship rides by the Berwick-Law,

And I maun’ leave my bonie Mary.

The trumpets sound, the banners fly,

The glittering spear are ranked ready,

The shouts o’war are heard afar,

The battle closes deep and bloody.

It’s not the roar o’ sea or shore,

Wad mak me langer wish to tarry,

Nor shouts o’war that’s heard afar:

It’s leaving thee, my bonie Mary!

CHORAL SPEAKING - P5-7 – TAM O’SHANTER (part)

But Maggie stood, right sair astonish’d,

Till by the heel and hand admonish’d,

She ventur’d forward on the light;

And wow! Tam saw an unco sight!

Warlocks and witches in a dance:

Nae cotillion, brent new frae France,

But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels,

Put life and mettle in their heels.

A winnock -bunker in the east,

There sat Auld Nick, in shape o’ beast;

A tousie tyke, black, grim, and large,

To gie them music was his charge:

He screw’d the pipes and gart them skirl,

Till roof and rafters a’ did dirl.

Coffins stood round, like open presses,

That shaw’d the dead in their last dresses;

And by some devilish cantraip sleight,

Each in its cauld hand held a light:

By which heroic Tam was able

to note upon the haly table,

A murderer’s banes, in gibbet-airns;

Twa span-lang, wee unchristen’d bairns,

A thief new-cutted frae a rape (rope)

Wi’ his last gasp his gab did gape;

Five tomahawks wi’ bluid red-rusted;

Five scymitars wi’ murder crusted,

A garter which a babe had strangled;

A knife a father’s throat had mangled –

Whom his ain son o’life bereft,

The grey-hairs yet stack to the heft:

Wi’ mair of horrible and awefu’

Which even to name wad be unlawfu’.

 

 

PRIMARY MUSIC SECTION

It has been decided to continue with last year’s format because of the difficulties of selected songs not being suitable for some voices and also the numbers in some

choirs, it was agreed at the this year’s Choosing Meeting that all entries for the musical sections for Primary Schools that should be song(s) that are the choice of

the pupils in conjunction with their teachers.

The pieces chosen must be Burns’ songs and a maximum of three verses should be sung. Schools should refrain from entering a P7 & Under Choir where pupils have

sung the same song as part of a P5 & Under choir.

Choirs may be between 12 or 25 in number – the pieces chosen may thus reflect the size of the school’s choir and also its range and ability. It is hoped that pupils

should thus be happy and confident with the piece(s) chosen.

Schools requesting musical assistance for their choir(s) should submit entries not later than THURSDAY 11TH September 2014.

Schools may only enter up to 6 soloists singing the test piece but these pupils may also sing in the choir.

The Club must be advised at least a fortnight before the Competition what pieces the choir will sing so that adjudicators can be given advance notification.

CHOIRS

Each Choir is to sing two songs of Burns. Where a song contains more than three verses – only three verses should be sung (unless otherwise specified).

Each Choir is to perform TWO contrasting pieces of own choice. Both accompanied.

The Songbook and Page No/Song No. should be noted on the entry form.

In view of the number of Primary School choirs with shared music teachers entering the Competition, the Club will provide the accompanist on the night of the Competition. Schools may use their own accompanist but the Competition will not be delayed if their accompanist does not arrive with the school choir when required to perform.

THE OPEN CLUB SHIELD This Shield will be awarded, subject to the Adjudicator’s discretion, to the CHOIR (Primary or Secondary) achieving the highest marking.

PRIMARY 5 & Under – THE JOHN STREET SCHOOL MEMORIAL TROPHY:

Own choice - Two contrasting pieces (one fast, one slow) as detailed above. Songs chosen must not have been sung by the school concerned within the past two years and not same as P7 Choir if one is also entering. Choice must be advised on entry form.

PRIMARY 7 & Under – THE ADAM HAY CUP.

Own choice - Two contrasting pieces (one fast, one slow) as detailed above. Songs chosen must not have been sung by the school concerned within the past two years. Choice must be advised on entry form.

 

SOLO SINGING.

PRIMARY – THE DICK MEMORIAL TROPHY – GIRLS ONLY

(Accompanied) One song only.

PRIMARY 5 & Under - Up in the Morning Early All Verses New Oxford Song Book Page 72

PRIMARY 6 & 7 - My Hearts in the Highlands 3 Verses W McLeod tune. Music available

from Admin office.

 

 

PRIMARY MUSIC SECTION

PRIMARY BOYS UNBROKEN VOICE – THE WILLIAM ANDERSON TROPHY

Test Piece: Burns song. Own Choice. Accompanied Maximum three verses.

                                                       

SINGERS & PLAYERS – PRIMARY ONLY.

This section is open to any combination of Singers and Musical Instruments including percussion. The Group should include not less than THREE persons and not more than EIGHT. OWN CHOICE OF BURNS SONG/MUSIC. NOT SAME AS CHOIR OR SOLOISTS. Not more than three verses should be performed.

Songbook and Page No./Song No. should be noted on the entry form for "Own Choice Pieces".

 

THE WILLIE TELFER MEMORIAL TROPHY (Both Primary and Secondary compete for Trophy)

SOLO INSTRUMENTAL – PRIMARY BOYS OR GIRLS

Pupils should perform One Burns song – of own Choice either in traditional or own style, e.g. jazz, classical, folk, country western or traditional, on instrument of choice (SORRY NO BAGPIPES) but chanter is permissible. Piece to be no more than 3 minutes long.

 

 

SCHOOLS/PUPILS MUST PROVIDE TWO FULL COPIES OF MUSIC (IF POSSIBLE ONE COPY WITH ENTRY FORM FOR ADJUDICATOR BEFORE

COMPETITION – ONE COPY ON EVENING OF COMPETITION FOR ACCOMPANIST)

 

PRIMARY ART SECTION

THE BILL WALKER TROPHY

This TROPHY will be awarded to the best Art entry overall, in either Primary or Secondary entries. The adjudicator’s decision to be final.

Note: There will be prizes for lst, 2nd and 3rd in each category.

NO COLLAGE OR DECOUPAGE PERMITTED.

 

PRIMARY

Primary 1 -2 MY LOVE IS LIKE A RED RED ROSE Whole Poem Page 550

Primary 3-5 ADDRESS TO THE TOOTHACHE Whole Poem Page 235-6

Primary 6-7 WILLIE WASTLE Whole Poem Page 550

 

ASSISTED LEARNING SECTION – SAME SUBJECTS AS ABOVE RELEVANT TO AGE

Open to candidates from Assisted Learning Schools and certain pupils identified by teachers in mainstream schools. This will be a specific category for adjudication and submissions should be identified by teachers as such. The subject matters will be the same as specified above for each age group in mainstream categories but separate prizes will be awarded.

 

The bottom area of each entry to have a one inch/25mm space left clear for printing the following details:

SCHOOL NAME; COMPETITOR’S NAME; Age of Contestant (in brackets); CLASS NO; TITLE OF ARTWORK; YEAR OF COMPETITION. The information to be printed in medium black permanent marker.

 

ENTRIES TO BE HANDED INTO COMPETITION DESK at ST MUNGO’S ACADEMY,

Crowpoint Road, ON THE EVENING OF THE COMPETITION 5th DECEMBER 2014.

Results will be communicated to the schools mid January 2015.

Notes to Teachers: The organisers appreciate that much discussion of these poems will be necessary with the

entrants to achieve the best results. The competitors will be judged in class groups.

Individual competitors in each class may submit only one drawing or painting on paper no larger than A2.

ENTRIES to be based on the subjects listed above for each section.

PRIMARY NEWSDESK SECTION

JAMES B MacWILLIAM TROPHY

ENTRANTS for the NEWS DESK COMPETITION are requested to prepare a submission in the form of a NEWS ARTICLE and, in doing so,

are asked to imagine that modern styled news media was readily available to the Ayrshire public some 200 years ago.

The Submission should be the entrant's OWN WORK and should be limited to the number of words detailed for each category.

Written work should be presented as a newspaper sheet, in any preferred format, PEN, PENCIL or DESK TOP PUBLISHING.

T.V. News Reports should be submitted on DVD. It is possible that the winning DVD if of exceptional quality, may be shown at the Club’s Annual Dinner.

Note to Teachers: Pupils should be encouraged to compose their own Headline. There is no limit on numbers of entries from each category.

Teachers who wish to use this as a class exercise are encouraged to do so.

 

PRIMARY 6 & 7

NEWSDESK ITEM: "MYSTERY OF HORSE’S TAIL FOUND AT AULD BRIG AYR"

From Tam O’Shanter 200/250 words.

For above section, criteria to include: Research; Content; Imagination; Understanding; Presentation; and Language skills.

TV NEWS REPORT on same subject as above – "Mystery of Horse’s Tail" on DVD – This may be presented as a group report (i.e with newscaster in studio and outside reporters with interviews) or as a solo report by the newscaster. No more than 3- 4 minutes in length.

 

Entries to be handed into the Competition desk at St MUNGO’S ACADEMY, Crownpoint Road on the

evening of the Competition (5th December 2014).

Results will be communicated to schools mid January 2015.

 

SECONDARY VERSE SPEAKING SECTION

All competitors may be questioned by examiners on the interpretation and English equivalent of Scots words and phrases from the selected piece.

Number of entrants from each school should not exceed 6 for each Category, with the exception of Choral Speaking which can be 5 to 15 voices.

All Poems mentioned can be found in either The Bridgeton Burns Club Presentation Book of Poems and Songs,

The Complete Poems & Songs of Robert Burns (Geddes & Grosset) or (Collins Classics edition) whichever book you have.

For clarification - Verses chosen are detailed on attached sheet.

For Solo Verse Speaking – If "gestures" are deemed desirable, natural movements are preferred to coached.

SOLO VERSE

SECONDARY – THE PAST PRESIDENTS TROPHY – BOYS or GIRLS

SECONDARY 1 & 2 ADDRESS TO THE TOOTHACHE Whole Poem (46 lines)

SECONDARY 3 to 6 ADDRESS TO THE UNCO GUID Verses 1,2,5 – 8 incl. (40 lines)

 

CHORAL SPEAKING. The use of "gestures" is acceptable and may be coached.

SECONDARY 1 TO 6 – THE WINNING WEBSTER TROPHY

(for Primary or Secondary) – Groups of 5 to 15 voices

SECONDARY 1 to 6 TAM O’SHANTER from "But here my Muse her wing maun cour "

to the end. (40 lines)

 

SPEECH-MAKING

SECONDARY 1 – 6: THE MARGARET TOMLINSON QUAICH.

Write and deliver a speech (3 mins minimum – 5 mins maximum) on ONE of the following three traditional

Burns Supper Topics. Maximum number of entrants from each school – 6.

      1) "The Immortal Memory." or 2) "Toast to the Lassies" or 3) "Reply from the Lassies"

      Theme for Immortal Memory – "The Politics of Burns.

Notes : a) Speeches should be based on pupil’s own research. Use of notes is allowed.

b) For Toast to the Lassies and Reply, schools could adopt a "double act" with a boy doing the

"Toast to the Lassies" and a girl "The Reply", but each would be judged separately.

      c) Entrants should endeavour to show, in what they say, that they have captured the true spirit of

      Burns. No restrictions on content.

 

SECONDARY VERSE SELECTIONS

SECONDARY 1 & 2 – ADDRESS TO THE TOOTHACHE

My curse upon your venom’d stang,

That shoots my tortur’d gooms alang,

An’ thro’ my lug gies monie a twang,

Wi’ gnawing vengeance,

Tearing my nerves wi’bitter pang,

Like racking engines!

A’ down my beard the slavers trickle,

I throw the wee stools o’er the mickle,

While round the fire the giglets keckle, to see me loup,

An’ raving mad, I wish a heckle were i’ their doup!

When fevers burn, or ague freezes.

Rheumatics gnaw, or colic squeezes,

Our neebors sympathise to ease us, Wi’ pitying moan;

But, thee! – thou hell o’ a’ diseases, They mock our groans!

Of a’ the num’rous human dools –

Ill-hairsts, daft bargains, cutty-stools,

Or worthy frien’s laid i’ the mools, Sad sight to see!

The tricks o’knaves, or fash o’ fools, Thou bear’st the gree!

Whare’er that place be priests ca’ Hell,

Whare a’ the tones o’ misery yell,

An’ ranked plagues their numbers tell, In dreadfu’ raw,

Thou, Toothache, surely bears’t the bell, Amang them a’;

O thou grim, mischief-making chiel,

That gars the notes o’discord squeal,

Till humankind aft dance a reel, In gore a shoe-thick,

Gie a’ the faes o’ Scotland’s weal, A towmound’s toothache.

 

SECONDARY 3/6 ADDRESS TO THE UNCO GOOD V1,2, 5-8

O ye wha are sae guid yoursel, Sae pious and sae holy,

Ye’ve nought to do but mark and tell,

Your neebours’ fauts and folly;

Whase life is like a weel-gaun mill,

Supplied wi’ store o’ water; The heaper happer’s ebbing still,

An’ still the clap plays clatter!

Here me, ye venerable core, As counsel for poor mortars

That frequent pass douce Wisdom’s door,

For glakit Folly’s portals:

I for their thoughtless, careless sakes,

Would here propone defences

Their donsie tricks, their black mistakes,

Their failings and mischances.

See social-life and Glee sit down, All joyous and unthinking,

Till, quite transmugrify’d, they’re grown,

Debauchery and Drinking: O, would they stay to calculate,

Th’ eternal consequences,

Or –your more dreaded hell to state,

Damnation of expenses!

Ye high, exalted, virtuous dames, Tied up in godly laces,

Before ye gie poor Frailty names,

Suppose a change o’ cases:

A dear-love’d lad, convenience snug,

A treach’rous inclination.

But, let me whisper i’ your lug, Ye’re aiblins nae temptation.

Then gently scan your brother man,

Still gentler sister woman;

Tho’ they may gang a kennin wrang,

To step aside is human:

One point must still be greatly dark, the moving why they do it;

And just a lamely can ye mark, How far perhaps they rue it.

Who made the heart, ‘tis He alone, Decidedly can try us:

He knows each chord, its various tone,

Each spring, its various bias;

Then at the balance let’s be mute,

We never can adjust it;

What’s done we partly may compute,

But know not what’s resisted.

 

CHORAL SPEAKING

SECONDARY 1 – 6. – TAM O’SHANTER (part)

But here my Muse her wing maun cour,

Sic flights as far beyond her power:

To sing how Nannie lap and flang

(souple jad she was and strang);

And how Tam stood like ane bewitch’d,

And thought his very een enriche’d;

Even Satan glowr’d, and fidg’d fu’ fain,

And hotch’d and blew wid’might and main;

Till first ae caper, syne anither,

Tam tint his reason a’thegither,

And roars out: "Weel done, Cutty-sark!"

And in an instant all was dark;

And scarcely had he Maggie rallied,

When out the hellish legion sallied.

As bees bizz out wi’angry fyke,

When plundering herds assail their byke;

As open pussie’s mortal foes

When pop! She starts before their nose;

As eager runs the market-crowd,

When catch the thief! Resounds aloud:

So Maggie runs, the witches follow,

Wi’ monie an eldritch skriech and hollo.

Ah, Tam! Ah, Tam! Thou’ll get thy fairin!

In Hell they’ll roast thee like a herrin!

In vain thy Kate awaits thy comin!

Kate soon will be a woefu’ woman!

Now,do thy speedy utmost, Meg,

And win the key-stane of the brig;

There, at them thou thy tail may toss,

A running stream they dare na cross!

But ere the key-stane she could make,

The feint a tail she had to shake,

For Nannie, far before the rest,

Hard upon noble Maggie prest,

And flew at Tam wi’ furious ettle;

But little wist she Maggie’s mettle!

Ae spring brought off her master hale,

But left behind her ain grey tail:

The carlin’ caught her by the rump,

And left poor Maggie scarce a stump.

Now, wha this tale o’ truth shall read,

Ilk man, and mother’s son, take heed:

Whene’er to drink you are inclin’d

Or cutty sarks run in your mind,

Think! Ye may buy the joys o’er dear:

Remember Tam O’Shanter’s mare.

 

SECONDARY MUSIC SECTION

CHOIRS

Each Choir is to sing two songs. Where a song contains more than three verses – only three verses should be sung (unless otherwise specified).

Each Choir is to perform TWO pieces – The Songbook and Page No/Song No. should be noted on the entry form for "Own Choice" Test Pieces.

The Bridgeton Burns Club will provide an accompanist on Competition night to accompany all competing Choirs.

Choirs may use their own accompanist provided that their accompanist arrives with the choir.

The Competition will not be held up to await an accompanist.

THE OPEN CLUB SHIELD This Shield will be awarded, subject to the Adjudicator’s discretion, to the CHOIR (Primary or Secondary) achieving the highest marking.

SECONDARY S1 to S6– THE SENIOR CLUB SHIELD.

Minimum 8 Pupils – No maximum. Choir to perform TWO pieces of own choice. First choice to be a Burns

Song, Second choice can be either Burns or any Scottish song, traditional or modern.

Could be one accompanied and one unaccompanied, or both accompanied.

 

SOLO SINGING.

SECONDARY S1 & S2 GIRLS - THE ELIZABETH S. MAIN TROPHY

Test Piece: (Accompanied) "BONNIE WEE THING" 3 Verses George Fox

This can be sung in key to suit pupil. Adjudicator to be advised of key. Copy Music available from office.

(arr.G.Gunnee)

 

SECONDARY S3 to S6 GIRLS - THE JOHN STEWART TROPHY

Test Piece: (Accompanied) "THE BRAES OF BALLOCHMYLE" 3 Verses Chas. Prentice

This can be sung in key to suit pupil. Adjudicator to be advised of key. Copy Music available from office.

(arr.G.Gunnee)

 

SECONDARY – BOYS BROKEN VOICE - THE WILLIAM ANDERSON TROPHY

Test Piece: (Accompanied) "McPHERSONS FAREWELL" Verses 1,2,3 incl.3 Choruses

Music from Office or on Website Education as McPherson’s Rant.

OR ALTERNATIVELY-

(Accompanied) "MY WIFE’S A WINSOME WEE THING. Copy Music available from office.

SECONDARY – BOYS UNBROKEN VOICE – THE WILLIAM ANDERSON TROPHY

Test Piece: Own Choice of any Burns Song (NOT SAME AS CHOIR) Accompanied – 3 Verses Max.

 

THE SCOTTISH TRANSPORT TROPHY

DUET SECONDARY S1 to S6 (either girls or boys)

One piece – Own Choice – Accompanied. This section is eligible to be considered for THE SCOTTISH TRANSPORT TROPHY – This trophy will be awarded, subject to the Adjudicators discretion to the Secondary Duet achieving the highest marking. Songbook and Page No./Song No. should be noted on the entry form for "Own Choice Pieces" or copy of music sent to office by 22nd November for submission to Adjudicator.

 

THE WILLIE TELFER MEMORIAL TROPHY (Both Primary and Secondary Pupils compete)

SOLO INSTRUMENTAL – SECONDARY BOYS & GIRLS S1 to S6

Pupils should perform One Burns song – of own Choice (limited to 3 Verses) either in traditional or own style, e.g. jazz, classical, folk, country western or traditional, on instrument of choice (SORRY NO BAGPIPES) but chanter is permissible.

Piece to be no more than 3 minutes long.

 

SOLO SINGING - SECONDARY BOYS & GIRLS S1 to S6 – OWN INTERPRETATION

Two Burns songs (accompanied or unaccompanied) Own Choice - sung to Freestyle, one slow and one rousing song.

 

 

SECONDARY ART SECTION

THE BILL WALKER TROPHY

This TROPHY will be awarded to the best Art entry overall, in either Primary or Secondary entries. The adjudicator’s decision to be final.

Note: There will be prizes for lst, 2nd and 3rd in each category.

NO COLLAGE OR DECOUPAGE PERMITTED.

SECONDARY

Secondary Forms 1 – 6:

This is a combined category for all Secondary Classes.

TAM O’SHANTER - Select any Scene Pages 202 – 208

 

ASSISTED LEARNING SECTION – SAME SUBJECT AS ABOVE

Open to candidates from Assisted Learning Schools and certain pupils identified by teachers in mainstream schools. This will be a specific category for adjudication and submissions should be identified by teachers as such. The subject matter will be the same as specified above for each age group in mainstream categories but separate prizes will be awarded.

 

The bottom area of each entry to have a one inch/25mm space left clear for printing the following details:

SCHOOL NAME; COMPETITOR’S NAME; Age of Contestant (in brackets); CLASS NO; TITLE OF ARTWORK; YEAR OF COMPETITION. The information to be printed in medium black permanent marker.

 

ENTRIES TO BE HANDED INTO COMPETITION DESK at ST MUNGO’S ACADEMY,

Crownpoint Road, ON THE EVENING OF THE COMPETITION 5th DECEMBER 2014.

Results will be communicated to the schools mid January 2015.

Notes to Teachers: The organisers appreciate that much discussion of these poems will be necessary with the

entrants to achieve the best results. The competitors will be judged in class groups.

Individual competitors in each class may submit only one drawing or painting on paper no larger than A2.

ENTRIES to be based on the subjects listed above.

 

SECONDARY NEWSDESK SECTION

JAMES B MacWILLIAM TROPHY

 

ENTRANTS for the NEWS DESK COMPETITION are requested to prepare a submission in the form of a NEWS ARTICLE and, in doing so,

are asked to imagine that modern styled news media was readily available to the Ayrshire public some 200 years ago.

The Submission should be the entrant's OWN WORK and should be limited to the number of words detailed for each category.

For Newsdesk Item, written work should be presented as a newspaper sheet, in any preferred format, PEN, PENCIL or DESK TOP PUBLISHING.

Presentation will not readily influence selection.

Note to Teachers: Pupils should be encouraged to compose their own Headline. There is no limit on numbers of entries from each category.

Teachers who wish to use this as a class exercise are encouraged to do so.

 

SECONDARY S1 & S2

NEWSDESK ITEM "Queen Jails Queen" from The Lament of Mary Queen of Scots

Page 388 350 – 400 words

TV NEWS REPORT on same subject as NEWS DESK ITEM above a "Queen Jails Queen" from "Lament of Mary Queen of Scots" – on DVD. This may be presented as a group effort with a studio newscaster and outside broadcast reports/interviews, or as a solo effort by a newscaster.

No more than 3-4 minutes in length.

SECONDARY S3 & S4

CRITICAL ESSAY Much of Burns poetry is relevant today – identify some of these themes

from his poems 450 – 500 words

SECONDARY S5 & S6

ESSAY Essay on Scottish Parliament – what do you think Burns would wish

for Scotland in the next 5 years? 550 – 600 words

 

For all above sections, criteria to include: Research; Content; Imagination; Understanding; Presentation; and Language skills. For S3 -4 and S5 -6 to also include Analysis and Evaluation.

 

 

Entries to be handed into the Competition desk at St MUNGO’S ACADEMY, Crownpoint Road on the

evening of the Competition (5th December 2014). Results will be communicated to schools mid January 2015.

 

CONDITIONS: Names of  pupil  entrants  must  be forwarded  to the  Competition  Convener:  

John McCaig, Bridgeton  Burns  Club  

Admin/Schools' Competition Telephone: 07534403395

 

Postal address:
 
23 Dunnottar Street,
Bishopbriggs,
Glasgow.
G64 1PR
 
E-Mail:       maureen@bridgetonburnsclub.org.uk

not later than 5th November, 2014.

 

      BRIDGETON BURNS CLUB – SCHOOLS COMPETITION

      FRIDAY 5th DECEMBER 2014

      VENUE: ST MUNGO’S ACADEMY, CROWNPOINT ROAD, GLASGOW G402RA

      ELECTRONIC ENTRY FORM – PRIMARY SECTION

      ENTRIES TO BE SUBMITTED BY TUESDAY 5th NOVEMBER 2013

       

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Name of School School Address Teacher Contact Telephone No and

e-mail address

       

 

 

SECTION Choir/Solo/

Verse/Choral

No. of

Entries

Primary

Class No.

NAME/S OF PUPILS

ENTERING

CHOICE

(where applicable)

         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

SECTION

Art/Newsdesk

No. of

Entries

Primary

Class No.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     

                                                                                

COMPLETED FORM TO BE RETURNED TO:

MR John McCaig, COMPETITION CONVENOR, c/o

23 Dunnottar Street,
Bishopbriggs,
Glasgow.
G64 1PR
 
Admin/Schools' Competition Telephone: 07534403395

 

maureen@bridgetonburnsclub.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schools Competition Results 6th December 2013

A Full list of all of the results of the recent Schools Competition can be found by clicking on the link below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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