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Auld Lang Syne & “The Good Old Scottish Ways”

Nafin Vwich, Alina Espindola, Andrea Jones, Cloey Godin, Kaitlyn Legan-Herman, & Krystal Hernandez (left to right)

Students are continuing their yearly connection with The Robert Burns Birthplace this year. Joseph Waterfield, Robert Burns Birthplace Intern and local historian, held an online chat using Skype Friday, January 24, with Mrs. Hubbert’s 4th grade class at Sun Valley Elementary School during their library time. The students talked with Waterfield in Alloway about the importance of Scotland’s yearly Robert Burn’s Day Celebration on January 25. To learn more about The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum please visit their site by clicking HERE.

On Thursday, January 23, all 4th grade students visited Sun Valley Elementary School’s Media Center to listen to Andrea Jones, Loch Norman’s Bagpipe Pipe Major. The Great Highland Bagpipe is a type of bagpipe native to Scotland. It has achieved widespread recognition through its use in the British military and in pipe bands throughout the world. Jones discussed different parts of the bagpipe and how air is blown into the bag via the blowpipe. The bag on the bagpipe works as a reservoir of air. Once the bag is filled, the air escapes out of the drones and chanter. To help illustrate her point, she then took her own bagpipe apart and put it back together and played a short song for students to hear.  pictured on front. To learn more about Loch Norman Pipe Band please visit their site by clicking HERE.

Noriya Caydarova, a 4th grade student in Ms. Patinka’s class said, “I liked the part when she played the music and when they showed the video of her crew playing their bagpipes.”

Nifin Vwich in the same 4th grade class said, “I love the part when she was playing the bagpipes. She was amazing! I love her songs.”

Tyler James in Ms. Welsh’s 4th grade class said, “It made me think of the Civil War and how the people were pumped up.”

James Jett, that is in the same 4th grade class as Tyler said, “I learned that you can play the bagpipes when you are little.

The whole reason students are learning about Robert Burns this week is because his birthday is on January 25 and because he wrote Old Lang Syne, which has become an international hit at the stroke of midnight in many cities and towns around the world. Auld Lang Syne is a traditional Scottish folk song that begins with, “Should Old Acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?” Basically Robert Burns wants people to remember “The Good Old Scottish Ways.”

Robert Burns exemplifies all things Scottish. After meeting James Johnson, Burns decided to preserve old Scot songs like Old Lang Syne. No one knows if the same melody is used today, as it was when Robert Burns was alive. After his death, he became a great source of inspiration to many around the world including Abraham Lincoln. When Lincoln died, he had two books in his possession: the Holy Bible and a Robert Burn’s book of poetry. Waterfield hopes to be able to connect again with Sun Valley Elementary School in February to discuss how President Abraham Lincoln used Burns poetry during social events.

Written by: Kevin Vickers
Posted: Jan 27, 2014 by Kevin Vickers

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