Eyemouth pupils give a taste of India

Shayna and Allison perform a traditional dance on stage at Eyemouth High Schools Indian Gala evening
Shayna and Allison perform a traditional dance on stage at Eyemouth High Schools Indian Gala evening

THERE was plenty of eastern promise in the air at Eyemouth High School last Wednesday evening when pupils showcased the results of their studies on Indian culture.

The talented first years certainly put on a show for teachers, parents and invited guests with some quality music, dancing, craft work and Indian cuisine.

Dancers (clockwise from top left): Fi Brown, Katie Dyson, Sharon Wilson, Alex Cough, Ellie Smith and Rachel Mark. Perform on stage Eyemouth High Schools Indian Gala night

Dancers (clockwise from top left): Fi Brown, Katie Dyson, Sharon Wilson, Alex Cough, Ellie Smith and Rachel Mark. Perform on stage Eyemouth High Schools Indian Gala night

Pupils were off timetable for the entire day and had the mandate to produce something that could be performed at the Gala. It was a big ask but the pupils and workshop leaders delivered.

The evening began with drum beats echoing round the assembly hall courtesy of some budding first year musicians and experienced player Mike Black.

Mike taught the youngsters the art of playing the tabla and they were obviously very keen to learn as the result was a confident and assured performance.

“I really loved listening to the drums. I was amazed at how the group came together and produced quality music,” commented one of the parents in the crowd.

Chloe, Lara and Ellie dig into the Indian Buffet at Eyemouth High Schools Indian Gala

Chloe, Lara and Ellie dig into the Indian Buffet at Eyemouth High Schools Indian Gala

Mike then treated the audience to a solo performance which won him a huge round of applause.

Another of the day’s mentors was choreographer Karen Watts of Danceihayam who was put in charge of a group of girls who wanted to learn more about Indian dance and the finished routine illustrated the beauty of the culture.

The 11 girls who took part all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the audience was awed at the fact that the girls only had a couple of hours to put all the moves together.

The other highlights of the Gala evening were: silk scarf painting which allowed pupils to experiment with different techniques to produce stunning and visually impressive scarves and an illustrated copy of the story of Darikan and bhadrikali. Robert Leach and Joy Parker led the kids through the skills needed to produce a book which was both colourful and captured the essence of the story.

There was even an appearance by a giant peacock worn by Eli Reid and designed under the supervision of Kerry Jones of Ruffled Feathers.

The evening ended with a video composed by pupils in first year, a demonstration of how to make single cell solar panels and some delicious Indian dishes prepared by the award winning canteen.

Laura Feeney, a member of the Indian group commented on the success of the evening.

She said: “I am so proud of everyone for all their hard work. It was a magical evening and has shown the community what stars we have at Eyemouth High School. Well done and thanks to everyone who contributed to the Gala.”

The project is part of the new Curriculum for Excellence and will continue on into next year.

And one of the pupils involved this time round, Laura Clayton, said she was eager to learn more.

She commented: “I think it is good to continue to learn about different the world around you because people tend not to care about the world and only think about themselves.

“We have had so many great experiences this year and it is good to know more about a country. It would be cool to got to India and see it for ourselves and know more about the culture.”