On Thursday 26th November, pupils from Royal Mile and Preston Street held a joint ceilidh at Royal Mile PS to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.
This was originally intended to be an evening event, but was moved to the daytime so that all our pupils were able to attend.
The P7s from both schools had met up on a few previous occasions to practise various dances and so we were all prepared on the day and able to enjoy the occasion!
We participated in a number of social ceilidh dances including Gay Gordons, Strip the Willow, Circassian Circle and Canadian Barn Dance. We also participated in the Alley Cat (a line dance led by Royal Mile PS) before finishing with an energetic and exhausting Orcadian Strip the Willow, where the whole room was turned into a long line of birling dancers!
A couple of the dances were ‘progressive’, meaning dancers rotate round a range of partners throughout the dance. This helped ensure there was lots of interaction throughout.
Ceilidh dancing is a fun way to socialise with others, as well as being an important part of modern and traditional Scottish culture. It was great to see our young people engaging so positively with this activity and making friends with people from other schools. There were lots of smiles on faces as you can see from the photographs below!
Thanks very much to Miss Stryke and her P7s, and the other staff at Royal Mile PS, for welcoming us to their school and providing the refreshments! We will be participating in further transition activities with Royal Mile, and potentially other cluster primaries, later on in the session.