Robert Burns competitions
Last year, 130,000 Scottish pupils took part in these events.
The federation is also holding national festivals in recitation, singing, instrumental music and bagpiping, with district competitions early next year and national finals in April and May 2008. A national choral competition for primary school choirs takes place in May.
One of the national competitions, for P6-7 pupils, encourages them to write up a piece of individual research on the theme of "Robert Burns".
The national art competition is open to pupils in primary, secondary and special schools. P6-7 pupils and those at special schools should produce a drawing or painting, inspired by an incident from Scottish history or a Burns poem or song, or which has the title "My favourite animal from a Burns poem or song". Secondary pupils should create artwork on a scene, incident or character from a Burns poem or song.
The national writing competition is for pupils in S1-2 and run in partnership with the Association for Scottish Literary Studies. Pupils should send in a story of up to 600 words on any topic and written in any of the languages of Scotland, up to a total of six entries per school.
There are seven other school-based competitions for a number of age categories, which schools can organise internally. They cover verse-speaking, writing, singing, instrumental playing, a project, art, and writing in the Scots language.