Kippen pupils dust down magical reindeer recipe for Christmas

Pupils at Kippen Primary School hosted a unique visitor this week – Hamish, a mini Shetland pony, who dreamed of being Santa’s 10th reindeer.

Kippen pupils sit with Christmas elf Katie in class as she talks about sustainable reindeer dust
Kippen pupils sit with Christmas elf Katie in class as she talks about sustainable reindeer dust

Education charity, the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET), organised the visit for the whole school after they won the prize during the Reindeer dust Mega Dustalong earlier this month.

Following a hugely successful campaign to encourage schools to use the RHET sustainable reindeer dust recipe, Kippen beat off competition from 285 schools across Scotland when they won the draw to be visited by Hamish.

RHET Forth Valley project coordinator and Elf Katie Brisbane created this fun and magical learning session with the help of Hamish, to highlight the learning resources around RHET’s journey of food.

Festive learning

Hamish and Katie spent time with pupils at Kippen Primary, making reindeer dust and enjoying some festive learning at the school.

Katie said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed our visit. This is part of our work to ensure that Santa’s special reindeer are fed properly this Christmas and that pupils of Scotland learn there is a magical, sustainable way to thank them and get their Christmas wish to Santa.”

Acting Head teacher Gael Robertson  said: “We have loved hosting Elf Katie and Hamish at our school today, the school has been buzzing with excitement and the pupils have enjoyed making their sustainable reindeer dust, learning about sustainability in such as fun way!”

Such a sustainable way

Danny Gibson, Convener of the Children and Young People Committee at Stirling Council, said:

“It’s wonderful to see the children of Kippen Primary School sprinkling the magic of Christmas – and in such a sustainable way too.

“We know Rudolf and his friends will receive lots of treats when they visit the communities of Stirling this festive season. Santa will be pleased the ingredients for the reindeers’ dust is so much kinder to the environment.”



Pupils enjoyed meeting Christmas pony Hamish
Pupils enjoyed meeting Christmas pony Hamish