A big congratulations to Shaun Shirkie from Saltersgate School for being awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the RSA Schools Art Award 2019. Shaun and his family, his art teacher Amy Collop, and Head Teacher Stephen Buggy all attended a Private opening at the Royal Scottish Academy on Thursday 8th March and had a great evening! Shaun’s created an expressive painting of an igloo for the competition as he loves the snow and would like to build an igloo.
Organised by the RSA Friends, the schools Art Award is a competition open to all secondary schools in Scotland which aims to encourage creativity and showcase talent. It has been running since 1986 and is considered by teachers to be one of the most prestigious awards made to pupils. The Award has no theme. The emphasis is on skills of technique, observation and interpretation. In particular, the judges will award prizes for work which displays creativity and originality.
Holi is a festival celebrated in north India. It marks the coming of Spring, usually in March. Some families hold religious ceremonies, but for many Holi is more a time for fun than religious observance. Holi is a colourful festival, with dancing, singing, and throwing of powder paint and coloured water. Bonfires are lit and roasting grains, pop corn, coconut and chick peas are thrown on by Hindu families. The next day, people of all ages go into the streets for fun and paint-throwing. Everyone gets involved – with no distinctions between caste, class, age or gender. Hindus have fun by smearing each other with paint and throwing coloured water at each other, all done in a spirit of celebration. Click here to find out more.
Featuring more than 100 objects – from automatons to science fiction film stars and the creations of modern research labs – this is your chance to see the most significant collection of humanoid robots ever assembled. The exhibition is on from 18 Jan – 5 May 2019 at the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh. Admission prices and further information can be found here.
Black Diamond 107.8 FM has recently visited several Midlothian Primary Schools to record Scottish songs and poetry. All of the recordings can be heard again by clicking here.
The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take twelfth place.
The Pig is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) hài (亥), and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Pig is yin. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well. Click here for lots more information.