Scottish Charity No - SC 015476

President 2016 - 2017 - Andy McArthur TD

Scottish Charity No - SC 015476

President 2016 - 2017 - Andy McArthur TD

The Schools Competition

The Bridgeton Burns Club was formed in 1870, and the inaugural Schools Competition was two years later in 1872. The Clubs two constitutional objectives are;


1. To celebrate the anniversary of the birthday of Robert Burns.


2. To encourage and cultivate a knowledge of Scotland’s National Bard and also of Scottish history and literature in general, by means of a schools competition within the schools of the East End of Glasgow. The Club has been holding an annual Schools Competition on the first Friday of December for an amazing 145 years. The Club award appropriate prizes for each of the 32 different categories of the Competition at a concert for prize winners. The Concert and Prize-Giving will take place in the Woodside Halls on 24th February when 20 trophies will be presented along with silver medals for exceptional performances and £3000 of gift vouchers and cheques. The schools put these funds to great use.


The 2016 Schools Competition was held on Friday 2nd December in St Mungo’s Academy where the Club again enjoyed superb support from Head Teacher Angela Milton, and Marie Birchard our dedicated liaison teacher, who, along with 40 senior pupils, and the fantastic facilities management team, really helped the events run smoothly on the night.


The Bridgeton Burns Club had over 460 performers at the December Schools Competition, with over an additional 987 Art & News-Desk competitors, giving us a grand total of over 1,400 entrants from East End Glasgow primary and secondary schools.


Every participant received a medal on the night for taking part, and it was heartening to see so many happy young faces after the Competition, having performed so well, and enjoyed doing so; and to know that, with the support garnered from your donations at our Dinner tonight, we can make nearly half a thousand and more youngsters happy this year too.


The Schools Competition Committee is continually looking to improve on the quality and scope of what the Competition delivers for participants, this year commencing the introduction of better-aligning our feedback to schools and children with the Curriculum for Excellence. The Committee’s first priority is always on what will enhance the enjoyment of the Competition for our young participants.


This year the running costs of the Competition and Concert individually will cost well over £20,000, inceasing every year, despite the best efforts and prudence of the Schools Competition Committee in reviewing and seeking to reduce any cost which does not affect the children, and all of which goes on external services e.g. bus transport, hall & school hire, prizes, catering for participants accompanists and adjudicators, and administration. This is a lot of money and can only be raised by the generosity of the people who are here this evening. You are our only source of income so I would most sincerely request that you dig deep in your pockets and support the children and schools of the east end. Every penny you can spare is needed! The Bridgeton Burns Club is hugely indebted to the 150 people who voluntarily support the Schools Competition, without which we would simply not be able to stage the Competition. These volunteers are drawn from the directors, past-presidents, friends of the club, from the teaching staff and helpers of the participating schools, from the accompanists and adjudicators (some of whom are former competitors). These, along with the aforementioned staff and pupils at St Mungo’s Academy, are the unsung heroes and heroines on whose efforts the Competition depends.


A special note of thanks this year, once again, goes to the great people at Thomas Tunnock Ltd., a family business since 1890, who generously donated over 600 Tunnock’s Caramel Wafers as a treat to include in the healthy snack packs given to each participant. Warmly received and enjoyed by everyone, as I am sure you can imagine!


We have the honour and privilege of presenting a selection of our prize winners appearing here tonight to entertain you, our directors, past presidents, members and guests. Please give them a huge warm welcome and enjoy the wonderful quality of their performances.


The Bridgeton Burns Club’s founding fathers would be so proud that the Schools Competition is still going strong after 145 years. So please help us to keep this fantastic Competition vibrant, to develop more young talent to come along and entertain us all at next year’s Dinner, and most importantly, to send another half a thousand and more youngsters home with big smiles on their faces in December!

To see the schedule/results of the school competition please select a year below.





The Club wishes to acknowledge the following sponsors and appreciate their financial support towards the running of The Schools Competition and the Fund for The Arts:

 - AHR


 - Brewin Dolphin


‎ - Caledonian Plywood Company




 - Hymans Robertson





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