First prize: Paul Davis, P7, Lasswade Primary, Midlothian
Second prize: Niamh Hardie, P5, Hill o Beath Primary, Fife
Third prize: Liam Sutherland, P7, Pultneytown Academy, Highland Caithness

To see the winners and the top 40 entries, click here

Muckle congratulations are in order for Paul Davis at Lasswade Primary. Paul is the winner of our Banks, Braes & Bogles competition 2008. He has won a set of Alan Burnett’s ‘Burns and all that’. Congratulations are also due to his teacher, Miss Christie, and the rest of his P7 class. Paul’s drawing and quote from ‘Tam o Shanter’ came first out of 125 other amazing Burns quotations and pictures. Our judge, the broadcaster Janice Forsyth, said that Paul’s entry was ‘beautifully executed, had lots of detail, a singular style AND was blooming scary!!’

Well done to Niamh Hardie from Hill o Beath Primary for winning second place for her clever picture from the poem ‘Tae a Moose’. Janice loved Niamh’s drawing because ‘it simply and clearly illustrated the theme and made me laugh.’ Janice also commented on Niamh’s great imagination and said that the entry was ‘kind of Robert Burns meets Samuel Beckett meets an 8 year old.’ (We know who Burns was, Niamh Hardie in this case is the 8 year old, but maybe some of the older bairns could find out about Samuel Beckett.) Niamh has won a selection of Itchy Coo books.

And Janice liked Liam Sutherland’s modern take on the song ‘The Deil’s Awa’ so much she has awarded it third place. Liam is in Miss Harper’s P7 class at Pultneytown Academy (which sounds like a secondary but is actually a primary) in Wick in Caithness. Our excellent judge pure lapped up ‘the dancing exciseman and the shadeswearing deil.’ Liam has also won a poke of Itchy Coo titles.

There were so many brilliant entries for this competition that Janice said she had a very hard time deciding on her top three. She thought it was a great competition and she ‘LOVED, LOVED, LOVED’ all the drawings and quotes. Here are the pupils whose work has won a commendation from Janice. Each of the 7 pupils in the list below will receive an Itchy Coo book.

Alisha Mann P7, St Boswell’s PS, Scottish Borders Tam skelpit on …
Abby Smith P6, Ollaberry PS, Shetland Kirk Alloway was …
Sohaila Safavi P5/6, Caledonia PS, North Ayrshire, And ilka bird …
Katie Mollison P4, Luthermuir PS, Aberdeenshire Auld baudrans …
Lamond Sutherland P7, Carrick Knowe PS, Edinburgh Ye Jacobites …
Natalie Lawrence P5, Carrick Knowe PS, Edinburgh How pleasant thy banks ..
Kerry Hunt P7, Carrick Knowe PS, Edinburgh frae Tae a Louse

And Janice wanted to give a Special Mention to these 5 pupils. Their pictures and quotes were superb and deserve a mention. 
Special mention

Erin Lannigan P4, Broomlands PS, North Ayrshire O Jeannie, dinna toss …
Danielle Bennison P5/6, Broomlands PS, North Ayrshire Cauld blaws the wind..
Eilidh Lyall P7, Lasswade PS, Midlothian But withered beldams..
Scott Coomber P5, Carrick Knowe PS, Edinburgh The lee-lang nicht…
Chloe Wilson P6, Avonbridge PS, Falkirk Twa dugs that werenae..

Well done to everyone. Thank you for all your hard work. And a big thanks to all the teachers for organising and sending the pictures in to us. Look out for more Scots Language competitions from Itchy Cool.

Scots Language activities for P4 – P7 
Although all the Burns competitions are now finished, here is the Banks, Braes and Bogles competition pack for you to try the Scots activities whenever you want.  
Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns loved to describe the natural world. He wrote many poems about the wildlife, streams, hills and flowers he saw all around him. He also enjoyed writing about things he couldn’t see, things from the supernatural world like ghosts and witches and other kinds of spooky creatures.

P4-P7 Banks, Braes and Bogles Competition Pack (271kb pdf download)

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