Local school launches magical Doric Book

Left to Right: Councillor Martin Greig, Aberdeen City Council’s Convener of Education and Children’s Services Committee pictured with pupils from St Peter’s RC School at the launch of their Doric book ‘A Unicorn's Guide Tae Aul Aiberdeen’; Jackie Ross, Co-Director, Doric Books; P7 teacher Ciara McFadden; and Aaron Gale, Co-Director, Doric Books.

PUPILS at St Peter’s Roman Catholic School are taking readers on a magical journey through Old Aberdeen following the launch of their Doric book ‘A Unicorn’s Guide Tae Aul Aiberdeen’ yesterday (Monday 4 March).

The Primary 7 pupils have been supported by Jackie Ross and Aaron Gale from Doric Books and thanks to Aberdeen City Council’s Creative Fund programme.

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Councillor Martin Greig, the Convener of the Aberdeen City Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee, said: “Aberdeen is proud to be a multi-cultural city and its dialect is spoken by people from all different backgrounds. Doric is an integral part of our local heritage and it’s great that the book project has brought everyone together in a wonderful, shared activity. 

“The project has been a good way to learn more about local history as well as develop reading, writing and design skills. The young people have worked together so positively.  It is great to see their team spirit. Each of the pupils has contributed something special to produce this enjoyable, high quality book. The result is excellent.”

Liam Sturrock, Head Teacher, of St Peter’s RC School said: “This project was made possible thanks to Aberdeen City Council creative funding. Our pupils have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to be authors and illustrators of a published book and have learned a number of key skills along the journey, including creative writing, illustrating, researching, marketing and teamwork. They have also been presented with a real-life opportunity to learn and apply the Doric language whilst discovering more about the history, cultures and traditions of the area surrounding our school.”

Jackie Ross, Co-Director, Doric Books, said: “Aaron and I have really enjoyed working with P7 and their teacher, Mrs McFadden. They have been fully engaged in all aspects of the project, always enthusiastic and never short of ideas. We were fair trickit with how they tackled working with Doric; a foreign language to most of the class, yet they set about translating their text into Doric with gusto. The whole process has been a joy, and their end product is a wonderful book of which they are rightly proud. Doric Books are very proud of what they have achieved.”

The book is available to purchase online priced at £10 via the Doric Books website. The book launch was held in the University of Aberdeen’s Sir Duncan Rice Library.

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