Musical pupils entertain Friends Club

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A small group of pupils, accompanied by music teacher Marina Kyle, entertained the Friends’ Club at their meeting in St Andrew’s Church hall.

S6 pupils Abbie Lawson and Zoe Killoh, who are both studying Advanced Higher music, sang a selection of songs including ‘Wee Hughie’, ‘I’m not that Girl’ (from ‘Wicked’), ‘Home’ (from ‘Beauty and the Beast’), ‘Many a New Day’ (from ‘Oklahoma’), ‘Unexpected Song’ and ‘Trolley Song’ (from ‘Meet Me in St Louis’).

Mike Weir visit

Mike Weir visit

S1 pupil Rebecca Baker played ‘Coulter’s Candy’ and ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ on descant recorder. S3 pupil Rachel Simpson played a March, Strathspey and Reel set on fiddle which she will also perform at the Arbroath Music Festival in March.

Kyle Carmichael in S3 played ‘Allegro’ on guitar which he will play in his Grade 2 Associated Board exam later this year. Mike Prokop, also S3, played ‘Rumba du Soir’ (which he is practising for his Grade 4 clarinet exam) and Bach’s ‘Prelude and Fugue in C minor’ on piano.

Senior Ceilidh: Arbroath Academy’s senior events team planned and hosted a Burns Ceilidh on January 22.

Those who attended enjoyed live bagpipe music, courtesy of James Robertson, and traditional singing, Burns’ readings, comical toasts and stovies supplied by Tarry Bank.

The night was a huge success and was enjoyed by all pupils and staff.

Photo: James Robertson played the bagpipes for the Burns night.

MP Mike Weir visit: Arbroath Academy’s senior Modern Studies pupils had the opportunity to meet with and question their local MP Mr Mike Weir.

Mr Weir had responded to an invitation from the Principal Teacher of Social Subjects Mr Joe McGalliard to talk to the students. During the visit the MP spoke about his day to day work representing constituents within and outwith Parliament as well as a range of local and national issues.

The MP’s talk led to numerous questions covering topics such as the Independence debate; the forthcoming General election; and the ways in which Parliament and MPs are able to scrutinise the work of the government.

At the conclusion of the session, head girl Charmaine Crichton thanked Mr Weir for taking the time to come along and speak to the class.