Stirches pupils have fun down on the farm

Stirches Primary School farm visit
Stirches Primary School farm visit
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Primary six pupils from Stirches Primary School headed out of the classroom recently – to a farm.

The youngsters triumphed in the Scottish Borders Farmhouse Breakfast Competition, organised by the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) Scottish Borders Council.

They were greeted at Ormiston Farm by David McTaggart, who gave them a tour of some of the woodlands and wildlife. They had the opportunity to see lambs close-up, a tractor demonstration and a chance to try water divining.

In order to win this day out, pupils were asked to come up with ideas of how to make porridge tastier, or to become porridge detectives and trace the route of oats from seed to bowl of porridge. In addition to this farm visit, each winner was presented with a £50 book token for their school and had a healthy Farmhouse Breakfast cooked for them at school by RHET volunteers and staff.

Prizes were funded by Food in Schools Project, Education Department Scottish Borders Council and transport costs of this visit were paid for by RHET Scottish Borders Countryside Initiative.

Mike Orr, chairman of Scottish Borders Countryside Initiative commented: “It is fantastic that the schools in the Borders have participated in this competition in such numbers, and the quality of the entries was extremely high.”