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Scottish Country Dancing

Every Tuesday you will hear lively music coming from the Junior and Infant halls as the children in Years 2 and 3 learn Scottish Country Dancing. It is lovely to see their smiling faces as they grapple with each new dance and learn the importance of the magic number 8. We have also recently started a lunchtime club (Tuesdays at 12pm) which is open to any children in KS2 who enjoy Scottish country dancing.  

We are now enrolled on the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society’s (RSCDS) Accreditation Scheme for Schools which aims to ensure that all children in school have the opportunity to learn Scottish Country Dancing. We were delighted to become the first school in England to receive Bronze Accreditation and have now achieved the Silver level.  We hope to achieve Gold level this year.

Mrs Macdougall was asked by the RSCDS to devise a dance especially for children to be danced in schools on Children in Need day. The dance is called “Pudsey Bear” and represents Pudsey’s head and the spots on his bandana.

At the end of the summer parents of the children in Year 2 were invited to watch the children dance in an outdoor ceilidh with live music provided by Christine Williamson (accordian) and Mrs Hacker (guitar). We had a wonderful afternoon in the sunshine.

The PFA have held a family ceilidh, for the last 2 years, at Hummersknott Academy to raise funds for our school. A local ceilidh band (appropriately named Blind Panic) have provided wonderful live music. We have been delighted that so many families have attended and joined in with the dancing under Mrs Macdougall’s watchful eye. It is lovely to have an event that involves the whole family and we are extremely grateful to the PFA for organising it.

Keep dancing!

If you would like any information about Scottish Country dancing outside school please contact Mrs Macdougall lmacdougall@abbeyfed.darlington.sch.uk

 

Parents, grandparents, children and staff dancing in the sunshine at our end of year ceilidh
Parents, grandparents, children and staff dancing in the sunshine at our end of year ceilidh