Complete guide to:
RLS Day 2016 for Schools
7-13 November 2016
free teacher packs and bookable school events to mark
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Birthday
2016 theme: Crime
Don’t forget, we would love to hear how your school is celebrating RLS Day 2016. Use #rlsday on social media, or drop us an email with thoughts, ideas or photos. Have fun!
Robert Louis Stevenson (RLS) is a world famous writer and Edinburgh lad, born and bred. The birthday of the author of Jekyll & Hyde, Treasure Island and Kidnapped falls on 13 November and is locally celebrated in our City of Literature with a week long programme under the RLS Day banner. This is the Schools section for RLS Day 2016.
There are many ways to involve your class with RLS Day, from attending events to classroom discussion. Here we hope you’ll find all you need to help bring Stevenson to life for your students, but if you’d like any further help or information then please get in touch. You can find teacher packs, downloads, bookable events (a theatre production, workshops and author visits) and the annual competition details.
The focus for 2016 is on primary pupils, but you can find some resources which will be of interest to S1-4 students too, whether they’re coming to RLS for the first time or starting to think about Treasure Island in a more academic way. There is also a link to last year’s popular Scots language section.
We’d like to remind you that the competition and the bookable school events are available to Edinburgh schools and those within the EH postcode area only. Places are limited and mostly free. And highly popular, so avoid disappointment and book early.
Latest additions to this section
RLS: born on 13 November,
but is it his Birthday?
The schools events and competitions are being run in the build-up to the 13th November, the day that Stevenson was born in 1891. However, like all good stories, there’s a twist. Stevenson gave away his birthday to Annie Ide, the daughter of a land commissioner in Samoa, as she was born on Christmas Day and felt like she didn’t have her own special day. His birthday has been handed down the family line since then, and is marked by Annie’s descendants to this date.
Here in Edinburgh we also like to mark the occasion in honour of Stevenson’s life and adventures, and the stories that keep inspiring people across the globe. That his actual birthday was donated to a small girl many years ago makes it an even more precious day to honour ‘the Teller of Tales’.
RLSDay 2016 for Schools
Primary Schools (ages 5-12)
Secondary Schools (12-18)