Pupils pay trib­ute to Scot­land’s pa­tron saint

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

First year pupils from Camp­bel­town Gram­mar School (CGS) feasted on Kin­tyre fare to cel­e­brate St An­drew’s Day. Hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents from S4 to S6 de­signed and pre­pared a Scot­tish menu, fea­tur­ing as much lo­cal pro­duce as pos­si­ble in hon­our of the coun­try’s of­fi­cial na­tional day. Lucky S1 stu­dents, who skipped a last pe­riod maths les­son to at­tend, were sent per­sonal in­vi­ta­tions to the feast. On of­fer was quiche made with High Bel­lochan­tuy Farm eggs, Mull of Kin­tyre ched­dar and lo­cally grown leeks, If­ferdale lamb pies, meat­balls made with Glen­barr and Bal­ly­will­ine beef, beet­root brown­ies, Clachan-grown pump­kin cakes with but­ter­scotch sauce, smoked salmon dip with lo­cally grown veg­eta­bles and smoked fish baguette. Tasters of Wee Isle Dairy’s Gigha milk were also served to wash down the de­li­cious del­i­ca­cies. The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s flag-fly­ing reg­u­la­tions state that Scot­land’s flag, the Saltire, shall fly on all its build­ings with a flag­pole on St An­drew’s Day. CGS hon­oured that tra­di­tion by hang­ing many St An­drew’s Crosses and Lion Ram­pants, as well as bunting, around the hall. The event, sub­sidised by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Food for Thought Ed­u­ca­tion Fund, was cross-cur­ric­u­lar, with the IT de­part­ment cre­at­ing the menus and in­vi­ta­tions and the English de­part­ment dis­play­ing a list of Scots words. The fund gives fi­nan­cial sup­port to lo­cal au­thor­ity schools to de­velop food and health as a con­text for learn­ing, and although the feast was a treat for the first years, so­cial eat­ing is one of their learn­ing out­comes. Many stu­dents tasted some­thing new, and even when it did not ap­pear to be ex­actly to their taste, the ver­dict seemed to be: ‘This is much bet­ter than maths!’

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From left, Matthew La­mont, Chloe McPhee, Demi Mar­tin, Codie McCal­lum, Laura Krastina, Jas­mine Kolib­ska, El­lie McNair, Cait­lyn Mackin­lay, Jes­sica McGown, Eve MacMil­lan and Brodie MacLaren were some of the hos­pi­tal­ity stu­dents who pre­pared the feast.

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The first years were waited on hand and foot by the se­nior stu­dents in the school’s atrium, which was adorned with Scot­tish flags.

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