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CD for bairns


- Every child born in Scotland between 15 October 2012 and 14 October 2013 will receive a special recording from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The CD, called Astar (Gaelic for "journey"), features Scottish songs, nursery rhymes and children's favourite classical works. It aims to help new parents communicate, play and rest with their new arrivals and start a lifelong connection with the orchestra.

Charity single


- P7 pupils at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, have released a single in aid of Erskine, the charity that cares for former members of the armed forces. Linked with their Second World War topic, The Hopes Placed In Our Hands has lyrics by eight pupils, set to music by teacher Steven Griffin. The CDs are available by emailing; minimum donation #163;5.

Insightful site


- The BBC will give youngsters a sense of what it is like to be dyslexic, through an interactive site to accompany a Newsround special, My Dyslexic Mind. Try Being Me uses video, animation and rich interactivity to put users in the shoes of dyslexic children. It will be published on Newsround 's website this month.

More shinty


- A Scottish government grant of #163;5,000 will allow up to 400 youngsters to try one of Scotland's oldest sports. The Camanachd Association, the governing body for shinty, will run a project during the October school break to boost awareness of the sport. The money will pay for up to 12 "come and try" sessions aimed at 10- to 14-year-olds.

Let's hear it Songs

- Pupils at Blair Atholl Primary won a national songwriting competition in the Hands Up for Trad's Scotland Sings project, hosted on Glow. Children at the Perth and Kinross school worked with songwriter Aileen Ogilvie and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, producing a piece based on the story of an old waulk mill.

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