Cllr Alastair Majury on Dunblane High School Pupils Love Social Dance
Pupils from Dunblane High School have gone viral due to their love of traditional Scottish dancing. A clip posted on Twitter last Friday (6th December) by the PE department at Dunblane High School showed a dozen S3 boys (aged 13–14) doing an impromptu Scottish dance outside the school during a break from lessons.
Whilst traditional Scottish dancing is a useful life skill, as anyone who’s been whirled off their feet during a boisterous ceilidh at a Scottish wedding would agree. Traditional dances such as The Gay Gordons, Strip the Willow and The Dashing White Sergeant, often as part of PE lessons. Many pupils will nevertheless have railed against it — although teachers do insist that, after the initial objections and embarrassment, they often come around to the idea.
Graeme Watson, Dunblane High’s faculty head of arts, health and wellbeing, speaking Tes Scotland is reported as saying that everyone thought it was “brilliant” when a colleague, support for learning assistant and food technician Michelle Murray, recorded and shared the video.
“We were delighted to catch the S3 pupils enjoying an impromptu ceilidh during their break time, we think it really highlights the ethos of our school and the atmosphere we try to foster during social dance lessons.”
The video has gone viral, having been viewed over 225,000 times and liked nearly 7,000 times on Twitter.
Former pupil and local Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“Traditional Scottish dances in the past have been more popular with those from outside of Scotland wanting to take part in ceilidhs, than with Scottish pupils. I am glad to see that this is not the case at my former school and I hope that this is indicative of schools across the country. A big well done to all of the pupils involved, along with the staff at Dunblane High School.”
Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Principal Consultant and a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.