Every school has their own quirks that makes them stand out or unique in a way, but these super weird Scottish school quirks are some what totally different. Read the article to know what these super weird quirks are.
It is a real dilemma saying ‘S1’ or ‘S6’ outside of Scotland.
Scotland has Secondary 1 to Secondary 6, but seemingly everyone else in the UK goes from Year 7 to Year 13 instead, not much of sense in the idea!
We don’t have the sixth form!
Don’t you think “sixth form” sounds way cooler than plain old “S6”, especially when all the teen dramas we watch on TV talk about it.
Those dreaded days when we are served dry haggis for canteen lunch on Burns Day.
It’s basically torture a bit like Scottish country dancing, this is one tradition that seems to get better with age, but it tastes much nicer when you can cover it in whisky sauce.
Anything for a caramel for pudding!
Scottish caramel tart is by far the best it’s the only time when children abandon their packed lunch for school dinners.
Break time snack a.k.a. ‘play piece’?
“Piece” is a Scots word for lunch or a sandwich, but if you use that word in school you get the mighty play piece.
For other kids it’s called exercise books, but for Scottish it’s called “jotters”.
No matter where you study or what you study the book will always be called ‘jotter”.
The competition to have the best jotter.
Every new term you don’t buy a new book you just put a new cover and make it your new jotter, that’s how we do!
‘Caretaker’ or the ‘Janny’!?
The ‘janny’ in Scottish also known as the ‘janitor’ they’re the ones who do the most important school task of all: putting down sawdust over piles of sick.
Our Scottish qualifications always need translations!
We used to studying for Standard Grades and Highers, but now it’s changed (again) making it even more complicated, now they want the new National Qualification! Good luck explaining those to the rest of Scotland, let alone the world.
We have got modern studies instead of political studies.
The only subject where we get to learn about contemporary local, national, and international issues it’s like a mashup of politics, history and worst part it’s taught in Scotland for some reason.
Probably the only class who has ceilidh dance in P.E. classes.
By the time we are done with primary school we’ve memorized the moves to The Dashing White Sergeant, Gay Gordons, and the Canadian Barn Dance. Surprisingly it’s not entertained anywhere else in the world!
Show the dance moves at the Christmas party.
The most embarrassing moments of our lives especially when teachers start forcing you to choose dance partners.
For others it’s ‘tutor’ but for us it’s ‘guidance teacher’!
“Guidance teacher” is a more accurate name for people who teach you almost everything, tutor doesn’t really sum it up.
When the rest of the world is enjoying the height of summer we are made to go to school!
Scottish school holidays begin at the end of June, almost a month ahead of schools in the rest of the UK, why!?
Whatever the quirk maybe but we wouldn’t want to go to school anywhere else.
Who would want to miss the special school life with ceilidhs and caramel tarts. But summer vacations are much appreciated.