We had a wonderful time at the Prep Burns Supper and Celildh, which was, once again, beautifully organised by Mr Mill. The evening started with a concert of Scottish songs from the Prep School Ceilidh Band and this year’s location, Callover Hall, lent itself perfectly to the occasion. Nyasha piped the head table party in superbly before we sat down.
Mr Mill had enlisted the oratory skills of Mr Smith to address the haggis and once again, for those of us less familiar with Burns’ poetry, Mr Mill had produced a handy translation guide. After enjoying Mr Smith’s dramatic rendition, and The Selkirk Grace, given by the College Chaplin, we all relished tucking into our haggis, neeps and tatties. As usual, the amazing catering team produced a truly delicious meal.
Interwoven into our traditional evening dedicated to the memory of Robert Burns was the showcasing of Prep School pupil talents. Our Pipes and Drums band treated us to a fabulous rendition of Highland Cathedral and The Teribus March. Catherine, Iona and Samuel performed Memories of Burns and My Heart is in The Highlands, both of which used Burns’ lyrics adapted by Mr Mill, who accompanied them on guitar.
In addition, we were wowed by Amelia’s sword dancing and unsurprised to hear that she is an international medal holder in this skilful and technically demanding discipline.
Head boy, Rory and Head girl, Grace both gave extremely amusing, well-crafted speeches to the lassies and lads respectively. These included the use of fellow pupils dressing up, and a handful of props, which caused much hilarity amongst their appreciative audience.
Once the meal and entertainments were complete, tables were pushed aside and the ceilidh band, Callanish, put us through our paces. There was plenty of energy in the room and we all thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to dance with friends, parents and staff.
We would like to thank all of the pupil contributors to this very special evening. Also, huge thanks go to our guest speaker, Mr Smith, and to Mr Collister and Mr Wood together with his amazing catering team. Last, but not least, thank you to Mr Mill for all the hard work involved in organising such a splendid occasion.
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