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Cross Country Twins.
Cross Country Twins.

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Kelvinside Academy

DOUBLE trouble - two sets of twin sisters represented the school at the Scottish Schools Cross Country Championships, held at Irvine on Saturday, March 10. Congratulations to Eliza and Melanie Chiswell from Bearsden and Tess and Lois MacGeachy, who won bronze medals at U16 level on a hilly 4km course. The MacGeachy girls are not identical twins but all that distinguished the Chiswell sisters, who also run for Victoria Park Athletics Club, was the numbers on their vests. What they all have in common, as well as birthdays, is stamina and determination.

It’s a Hard Life - Junior 2 pupils travelled back in time when they visited the People’s Palace on Thursday, March 15. They were studying the topic “When Gran was a Girl” and they were asked to find out about life in the 1950s. In the Palace, the six and seven year old pupils met a granny who gave them some household chores to do. Rather than modern conveniences, the boys and girls used washboards in a tin bath with some soap, a mangle to dry all the washing, a carpet beater, a very old hoover and an extremely heavy iron. Pupil, Jamie Campbell-Mooney, said: “It was hard work!” When the tasks were done, the pupils looked around the museum and by chance met a man who had been at Kelvinside Academy in the 1950s.

Teenage Kicks - musicians from the school gave a sparkling and varied concert for parents and members of the public at Hyndland Parish Church last Wednesday, March 21. Pupils from six years old to 18 performed a wide range of musical items from Mozart to the S5 band playing ‘Teenage Kicks’ by the Undertones. Barbershop voices were followed by the haunting strains of John Williams’s ‘Theme from Schindler’s List’, played on the viola by S3 student Reuben Mercer. Items by the junior and infant choirs were interspersed with saxophone and guitar groups and Rachel Cunningham (S4) gave a beautiful rendition of Fauré’s ‘Dans Les Ruines d’Une Abbaye’ in French. The senior choir ended the evening by performing superb arrangements of ‘Rhythm of Life’ and ‘I’m a Believer’ under the direction of head of expressive arts, Mrs Jenny Cunningham.

Many of the performers had competed in the Glasgow Festival of Music and Kelvinside Academy choirs, orchestras and ensembles and achieved a number of high places. KA were winners in the intermediate choir category and the senior string orchestra came second with ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’, performed again at the concert in Hyndland Church. Hannah McGregor and Sharon Wang were second in the duet category playing ‘Golden Nugget Boogie’ on the piano.