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the Johnstone & Renfrewshire Gazette

RE-TELLING THE STORY OF HOW THE CLOCHODERICK STONE GOT TO BE IN A KILBARCHAN FIELD
 
Head Teacher Liz Sommerville welcomed this project with her pupils in Kilbarchan Primary School. The project has been funded by  TASGADH [Creative Scotland's small granting body] . Primary 5/6 class teacher Fiona Crawford embraced the opportunity wholeheartedly.
This project has several strands to it -
The first strand is to encourage the development  of oral storytelling. Throughout the process will be kept completely oral using i-pads for recording and evaluating.

The second strand is to re-tell the local folk tale  about how a large glacial boulder got to be in a flat Kilbarchan field many, many miles away from any other stones like it.

The third strand is to develop a new legend about how the Clochoderick Stone came to be in a Kilbarchan field.
The fourth strand is to develop music and song related to Kilbarchan's history  with singer songwriter Ewan McVicar leading this section.
On 24th October "Warp & Weft - Kilbarchan Woven in Story & Song" at 7.30pm will be performed in the Performing Arts Centre in the historic Steeple Square in Kilbarchan during which Anne  and Ewan will re-tell the story of Kilbarchan in story, legend, music and song. The children's work will be reflected in Anne's retelling and a song composed by the children will be sung by Ewan McVicar.
 
Session One:
Beginning on September 1st the pupils of Primary 5/6 began their journey into becoming oral storytellers. It was with great excitement  that the children embarked on the journey especially when they saw the replica axes, thunder tubes and tartan cloth setting the scene.
Anne set the scene at the beginning of the first session with telling the children some of the history of Kilbarchan and then the story of how the Clochoderick Stone got to be in a Kilbarchan field. Then in three groups  of eight the children drew their favourite  parts of the beginning,  middle and end of the story. They then in groups re-told the story.
 
Session Two:
On September 8th, in the second session,  pupils then moved to the AV room where they explored being giants, moving, talking and looking like them before splitting into groups of three where they took turns to be the story teller, the observer and recorder on an i-pad 
Session Three:
On September 15th the pupils of Primary 5/6 in Kilbarchan Primary School, had their third session  with Anne. Nearly the whole morning was  spent outdoors after a brief re-cap of the story and each drawing their own story skeleton to aid memory
 
Choosing different locations outdoors in the playground and at the outdoor stage area, in groups of three, the children re-told the whole story to each other. Then finally a few groups re-told to the whole class,  the story of "How the Clochoderick Stone got to be in a Kilbarchan field". This is the story of the Giant's Causeway which features three giants -the Irish giant Finn McCool, his beautiful and clever wife Oonagh and the Scottish giant Benadonner "The Red Man" . They were excellent. Above three photographs  are them in action.


Session Four:
On 22nd September Primary 5/6 toll the story in their groups of three, to the whole school, a class at a time. 

Session five

Developing  new legends about how the Clochoderick Stone


 

Session 1


Session one
1]Keen pupil "That's was the best day I've ever had in primary school- it was brilliant!"
2]Me telling the story of "How the Clochoderick Stone got to be in a Kilbarchan field"
3]Drawing the story - three groups drawing their favourite bits from beginning, middle and end of story 


Listening during re-telling using storyboards
Telling in a team using storyboards
Keeping everything oral - using i-pads to orally record


Session 2
Exploring being a big giant using facial expression and body shape
More exploring the story - showing fear in body shape and expression
Expressing joy in success with face and body

Session 3
Making a story skeleton to help story recall
Re-telling in groups of three to their peers - one person does the beginning, one the  middle, and one the end
Retelling to peers


Extra session after Session 3 with class teacher Mrs Lynn Kerr
Outdoors  
First retelling in their groups of three and then re-telling   to whole class
Re-telling in group of three
Groups of three telling to whole class 5/6


THE BIG DAY

After a couple of extra sessions following the 15th September, the big day came on 22nd September-  when Primary 5/6 were going to tell their stories to the whole school. This was not only part of the TASGADH funded project but also part of the "Dig Where You Stand" Scottish International Storytelling Festival campaign. It was held in the Audio Visual room to prevent distraction as this school is open plan.

 

Three primary 5/6 pupils told to a primary class at a time with a digital leader taking i-pad footage of each telling. It was also being digitally recorded to enable each pupil to have a CD of their storytelling to take home. The I-pad footage will be accessible to view  the school's website in a week or so. The sound footage may be the same.

 

In one morning, the whole school heard the legend of the "How the Clochoderick Stone came to be in a Kilbarchan field". All the pupils were delighted and gained a "Tell A Story Day" sticker for taking part. The 5/6 pupils found it quite nerve wracking but did incredibly well - what a talented group of children they are.
 
29th September: They created their own stories/legends as to how the Clochoderick Stone came to be in a Kilbarchan field which will be orally recorded and on I-pads
30th September: Their first session with Ewan McVicar learning about Kilbarchan's songs and music and creating their own Lilias day song 

 

These new song lyrics were made up by Kilbarchan Primary class P5/6 on 30th September with Ewan McVicar. They will be sung in the Warp & Weft shows.


 

TODAY IS LILIAS DAY

 By P5/6 with Ewan McVicar


Today is Lilias Day, when Habbie comes out to play

 Floats and bands and people are parading up the brae

 Ah ah ah ah ah, ah ah ah ah ah ah

 Ah ah ah ah ah, it happens in Kilbarchan

 

Monks and St Barchan, and the town CRIER!

Here comes the Pipe Band, the noise is getting higher


They go up to the Square, all Kilbarchan’s people

Habbie he is hidden in his niche high on the Steeple

 

In behind the flag, Habbie comes alive!

He’s 400 hundred years old, how did he survive?

Ah ah ah ah ah, ah ah ah ah ah ah

Ah ah ah ah ah, it happens in Kilbarchan

 


THE WORLD MUST BE COMING TO AN END

 Some new verses by P5/6


We sent her for bread, oh aye, oh aye

We sent her for bread, oh aye, oh aye

We sent her for bread, and her head turned bright red

Oh, the world must be coming to an end, oh aye


We sent her for cheese, she got shivery knees

 

We sent her for grapes, she got impaled by apes

 


Old verses


We sent her for butter and she dropped it in the gutter


We sent her for mince and we haven’t seen her since





STAR STORYTELLERS      On September 22nd Kilbarchan  Primary School 5/6 class pupils  told the legend of "How the Clochoderick Stone came to be in a Kilbarchan field" to their whole school! It was voted a great success. This was the culmination of four weeks of learning to become storytellers along with local storyteller Anne Pitcher who said "They are absolute storytelling stars.This wonderful local school  has a fantastic atmosphere which fosters excitement in learning. When it comes to learning the art of oral storytelling these children aged between nine and ten are just fabulous. The children have really impressed me with how they have embraced this project to learn how to tell oral stories about the place where they live."
On 20th October Ewan McVicar held the last song making workshop with the Primary 5/6 class in Kilbarchan Primary creating a wonderful song about Kilbarchan nowadays and Kilbarchan past from the pupil's own suggestions. The resulting song, which is fantastic, will be sung at the performance of "Warp & Weft -Kilbarchan Woven in Story & Song" on Saturday 24th October. Anne Pitcher who lives in the old police station and jail built in 1833 told a true story involving the jail and Ewan McVicar's grandfather's  business the Glentyan Laundry - "The Great Glentyan Laundry Robbery" where Ewan's grandfather's laundry was robbed and the criminals who were caught being put in the jail in Kilbarchan.

LONG AGO AND NOWADAYS

Once the town was really small

Long ago in Kilbarchan

Now it’s big and full of life

Nowadays in Kilbarchan


They used to cook their food on fires

Long ago in Kilbarchan

Now it comes in plastic boxes

Nowadays in Kilbarchan

 

They used to get their water from wells

Long ago in Kilbarchan

Now it comes from metal taps

Nowadays in Kilbarchan

 

Veggie plots, gigantic farms

Long ago in Kilbarchan

Supermarkets, takeaways

Nowadays in Kilbarchan

 

They had to write with seagull feathers

Long ago in Kilbarchan

With pots of ink that made a mess

Long ago in Kilbarchan


Now there’s pencils and computers

Nowadays in Kilbarchan

Email, Skype and I messages

Nowadays in Kilbarchan


Long ago in Kilbarchan

Carding, spinning, washing the wool

Spin it, weave it, make some cloth

Long ago in Kilbarchan

 

Kilts and boots, bonnets and bunnets

Long ago in Kilbarchan

Trainers, high tops, jeans and leggings

Nowadays in Kilbarchan


Trams and boats, horses and carts

Long ago in Kilbarchan

Bikes and trains, buses and cars

Nowadays in Kilbarchan

 

No TV, not even black and white

Long ago in Kilbarchan

No video games, but now there’s thousands

Nowadays in Kilbarchan