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Information for 2016 (as in 2015)

An invitation to schools
what a visit may include - download our invitation
or read the shorter summary below

Materials for schools who have booked visits
The junior commentary in our audio-visual - download
A brief biography of Robert Burns - download
Lines from Burns poetry - find the missing words - school sheet #1
Match the Scots & English words - school sheet #2
Burns themed word search - school sheet #3
"Up in the Morning Early" - write your own verse - school sheet #4
Download complete school sheets set (#1-4)
Mouse line drawing to colour in - download
Rose line drawing to colour in - download
A short Quiz - download
Station A (Music Room) worksheet - download
Station B (Burns Room) worksheet - download
Station C (Clement Wilson Room) worksheet - download

Past archives . . .
verse speaking results March 2011
verse speaking results March 2010


Visits by primary classes to Irvine Burns Museum at 'Wellwood'

Each year since 2006, groups of primary pupils enjoy our Museum in a well-prepared but continually-developing programme

Around 650 primary school visitors took part in Jan/Feb 2013, bringing the total to over 4500 pupils and teachers having visited Wellwood over the seven years of our programme.

Pupils learn much about Burns’ time in Irvine (in the Burns room) as well as about the history of the Club (in the Directors' Room). They are also shown many of the Club’s valuable artefacts. In the Music Room they are given a short talk on Burns the Songwriter with excerpts from a variety of songs. Each group is challenged to find a third verse for “Up in the Morning Early”. Burns had added two verses to the chorus of this old song and the children are asked to write a “missing” third verse, similar in thought to the existing two verses or one which looks forward optimistically to Spring. This is completed in school. A prize is given to the best received by the end of March.

The curators, originally the late David Smith and Ian Wight, now Ian and his colleague Graham Hyslop, plus at least one Director are present at each visit. It is obvious that they hold the attention of their audiences, from the number of interesting questions that are aimed at them. However, David was once less than delighted when one boy asked him “Did you ever meet Robert Burns?”


Verse Speaking Results - March 2011

The general standards for each competition were as high as ever and there were a few outstanding performances. There were also some real difficulties for the judging panels and several competitions resulted in ties for first place.
The judges for each session were two Directors of Irvine Burns Club and one member of Irvine Lasses Burns Club. Thanks to those who gave so willingly of their time and expertise, and to Past President Michael Murray for his meticulous organisation of the competition and hosting of each session.

P1 Boys: Connor Beattie “Michael”
P1 Girls: Leyla Turk “The Ballad of Janitor McKay”
P2 Boys: 1st equal: Logan Brown “Twa Leggit Mice” & Rudi Johnston “Crocodile”
P2 Girls: Elle Walker “Maggie May”
P3 Boys: Taylor Laughlan “Lament for a lost Dinner Ticket”
P3 Girls: Nicola Kelly “To a Louse”
P4 Boys: Christopher Callander “Crocodile”
P4 Girls: Georgie Spence “A Man’s a Man”
P5 Boys: Finn Johnston “To a Louse”
P5 Girls: Megan Barnes “Address to the Toothache”
P6 Boys: Evan Rush “To a Mouse”
P6 Girls: 1st equal: Natasha Kerr “Tam o’ Shanter” & Yasmin Donald “Address to a Haggis”
& Cameron Dalrymple “Willie Wastle”
P7 Boys: Andrew Birrell “The Twa Dogs”
P7 Girls: 1st equal: Jodie Chan “Willie Wastle” & Ashleigh McLachlan “The Twa Dogs”
Poems: P5 to P7 must recite Burns poems but P1 to P4 can recite any Scots poem.

Annick PS, Castlepark PS, Glebe PS, John Galt PS, St Mark’s PS, Springside PS and Woodland PS were involved in the competitions with Woodlands winning seven firsts, Glebe winning four, Castlepark three, St Mark’s two, Annick two and Springside one.


Verse Speaking Competition March 2010

The Primary Schools competitions took place as arranged, on 23 and 25 March at Wellwood. Only six schools were involved this year, but the general standard was very high. Of the fourteen competitions two were won by Annick PS, two were won by Castlepark PS, two were won by Glebe PS, two were won by St Mark’s PS and six were won by Woodlands PS. The other school taking part was John Galt. Again Irvine Lasses Burns Club supplied a judge for each of the four session of competitions and directors of IBC supplied two judges for each session. Thanks to all who helped to make this a relatively easy programme. Certificates for all participants have been prepared and delivered to all schools involved.

The 2010 winners were:


P1 Sophie Gemmell, Castlepark PS
P2 Nicola Kelly, Glebe PS
P3 Kayleigh Clark, Woodlands PS
P4 Laurie Hayes, Annick PS
P5 Natasha Kerr, Glebe PS
P6 Kayla Morrison, Castlepark PS
P7 Nicole Dunlop, Annick PS


P1 Liam Gibson, Woodlands PS
P2 Taylor Laughlin, Woodlands PS
P3 Ben Marshall, Woodlands PS
P4 Finn Johnston, Woodlands PS
P5 Evan Rush, St Mark’s PS
P6 Andrew Birrell, Woodlands PS
P7 Reece McAlaney, St Mark’s PS


This photo, from a previous year's competition, shows Jake Barbour, Burns Club Past President M Murray and 2006 President R Fitzgerald at St Mark's Primary School.



Each competitor was presented with an Irvine Burns Club Pin, and the winners were each presented with a quaich, suitably inscribed with his/her name.
The presentations of the quaichs were made by Club President Raymond Fitzgerald at school assemblies during March.

Photo: Burns Club Director M Murray and President R Fitzgerald with Ainsley Templeton, Gregor Cairns, Rosie Meikle and Katie Barlow of Lawthorn Primary School.

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