MP performs official opening at Burntisland school

Pupils perform their song. Pic: FPA
Pupils perform their song. Pic: FPA

Burntisland’s new Primary School was officially opened in grand style by Gordon Brown MP this week.

In his first public engagement since announcing he is to quit politics at the next General Election, the Kirkcaldy MP told pupils of his time spent on Buntisland Links and beach as a youngster, and his previous visits to the old school, before he unveiled a plaque.

Dozens of invited guests from local community organisations joined education officials, former and current pupils and staff and representatives from BAM Construction, the firm which built the new school, for an afternoon of celebration which included a welcome from Burntisland and District Pipe Band, songs from younger pupils and a powerpoint presentation on the achievements in the final year of the old school in Ferguson Place.

And as part of the ceremony the school’s head teacher Julie Anderson, a former pupil of the school, was presented with an award for 25 years service in Fife.

There was also the showing of a four-minute long DVD on the creation of the new school featuring staff and pupils, as well as BAM employees.

“It was a really fantastic day and there was a great atmosphere in the school and a feeling of great accomplishment on what we have achieved so far,” said Julie Anderson.

Then on Wednesday, pupils from P5 did their bit to help the Ebola crisis in Africa by recording a CD of their new school song.

The primary 5 youngsters wrote the song ‘The Road to Change,’ with the help of teacher Liz Whatmore, and this week, with assistance from two lecturers from Fife College, Graham Deas and Bill Thaw, they recorded the song at the new school.

As well as singing the song, the 80 pupils from three primary 5 classes at the school, also played the musical accompaniment, based loosely on the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band’s ‘Urban Spaceman’ tune, on kazoos, ukeleles and drums, with Nigel Ewen on guitar.

The lecturers brought all their recording equipment to the school on Wednesday, where the song was recorded in just a few hours.

Liz is now looking for a local business to sponsor the cost of producing 200 copies of the CD which the school plans to sell to friends and family to raise money for the cause.

She explained: “We wrote the new school song last year as part of a project when the youngsters were preparing to move into the new school, then when I was listening to Bob Geldof and his latest Band Aid single, I thought we could record our song for the campaign and I wrote the words to a few new verses to add to it.

“The children have loved it, and making and recording the song has been a fantastic experience for everyone.