A mix­ture of young minds

The Galloway News - - SCHOOL NEWS -

Young peo­ple from Kirkcud­bright, Twyn­holm, Gate­house, Borgue and Auchen­cairn Pri­mary Schools teamed up with the older students from Kirkcud­bright Acad­emy for this year’s Kirkcud­bright Acad­emy Clus­ter Con­cert in the Cochran Hall.

They pro­vided a very up­lift­ing pro­gramme of won­der­ful mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment for a packed au­di­ence of teach­ers, par­ents, friends and mem­bers of the Ro­tary Club of Kirkcud­bright. Fif­teen sep­a­rate per­for­mances, in­clud­ing one from the teach­ers’ choir, en­thralled the au­di­ence and it was very ev­i­dent just how well th­ese young peo­ple re­sponded to per­form­ing in front of such a large au­di­ence.

Great credit must go to all the mu­sic teach­ers at the schools for pre­par­ing their students so well. In par­tic­u­lar Kate Picken and Hannah Gill, the mu­sic teacher from Kirkcud­bright Acad­emy, must be thanked for all the plan­ning and or­gan­i­sa­tion of the event and Hannah’s con­trol of the evening was both en­ter­tain­ing and in­for­ma­tive for the au­di­ence and was clearly re­as­sur­ing and in­spi­ra­tional to the all the young peo­ple in­volved.

Each year the con­cert al­lows the Ro­tary Club of Kirkcud­bright to raise money for its main char­ity, End Po­lio Now.

An en­trance fee for adults and a raf­fle this year raised al­most £1,000 and when this money has been matched £1 for £1 by the Gates Foun­da­tion,

it will pay for the vac­ci­na­tion of 4,000 chil­dren against po­lio.

Fol­low­ing on to this suc­cess, last Fri­day Kirkcud­bright Acad­emy hosted the Ro­tary Club of Kirkcud­bright’s quiz and pie and pea night. The event was or­gan­ised from the out­set by the five mem­bers of the acad­emy se­nior pre­fect team who were sup­ported at dif­fer­ent times by var­i­ous Ro­tary Club mem­bers.

The students, who found this to be a huge learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, did a marvel­lous job.

Around 140 peo­ple took part, an­swer­ing 80 ques­tions asked by two reg­u­lar lo­cal quiz­mas­ters.

The strong link be­tween Kirkcud­bright Acad­emy and the Ro­tary Club of Kirkcud­bright en­abled the Ro­tary Club to raise a fur­ther £1,000 for End Po­lio Now through an en­try fee and a raf­fle which was well sup­ported by lo­cal spon­sors.

Ro­tary prize The win­ning quiz team from Borgue

Stage show One of the many tal­ented per­for­mances at the End Po­lio Now con­cert

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