Today we lit the Christmas Tree at Glaitness School. Class 5 sang Santa Lucia and held lanterns before the tree lights were turned on. Class 3 also sang 'Oh Christmas Tree' and played on glockenspiels.
Later Mrs Sullivan came to play and show us the Hardanger fiddle. It is very highly decorated with dragon carving and mother of pearl inlay - its very valuable. It makes a different sound to our normal fiddles - it has extra strings which ring when the notes are played and it is easier to play two strings at once.
Mrs Sullivan played a slow tune and a polka. Some of her students are allowed to borrow and play the Hardanger fiddle, but they find it hard to part with it when they have to give it back. Some Orkney students get the chance to go to Norway to learn more about playing the fiddle in Norway.
We enjoyed the music in our school today and we learned more about our link with Norway and the traditions we share at Christmas time.