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Michael Bruce Project

To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of Kinnesswood’s poet Michael Bruce, the pupils have taken part in a range of activities along with members of the local community.  Earlier in the year, pupils learned about the life of Michael Bruce, explored his poetry and wrote their own nature-inspired poems, created artwork for the annual Portmoak Festival Art Exhibition and walked part of the Michael Bruce Way.

In August, the P6/7 class formed a company called PPS Publishing and were tasked with creating a book all about Michael Bruce. Children from P4 to P7 worked together to research and write about Michael Bruce’s life, his legacy, the local area and life in the 1700s.  Every class in the school have contributed special pieces of art to illustrate the book, so it really is a whole school effort.  Our P6/7 publishing team have pulled together the different elements, edited and structured the book. The children decided to employ graphic designer David McKenzie, a former Portmoak pupil himself, to design the book.  Contributions from the Contributions from Culture Perth and Kinross’s Gannochy Trust Living Communities Participation Fund and the National Lottery Celebration Fund have enabled pupils to produce a high quality book which was launched at a celebration breakfast event on Monday 18th December 2017.

Copies of the book are available from the school office for a suggested donation of £5. Please get in touch if you would like one, as we realise members of the community might like to buy one too.

We were also pleased to share the piece of music “Loan to the Hill” created by another talented ex-pupil, Ian Dunnett. You can listen to this here: