The S1 Burns supper of 2016 was certainly a night to remember! First year pupils worked extremely hard alongside members of staff to pull off a spectacle that managed to showcase the many talents of Hutchie - from speeches to singing. Shona McCallum (S1) reports.
Guests were piped into the meal by Greg Turner. The dining hall was beautifully decorated with candles, posters and Saltire flags. Whilst the guests took their seats, Laura Mackie entertained the crowd with some tunes on the piano. Guests were warmly welcomed to the school by one of the S1 Year Tutors, Mrs Stewart. After this the host for the evening, Depute Rector Mr McDougall heartily greeted the audience and introduced the first speaker of the night, Alistair Reid- who got everyone into the Burns spirit by reciting 'To A Mouse.'
After a rousing recital of the Selkirk Grace by Glen Knox, everyone tucked into their Highland Lentil Soup and bread rolls.
Once the efficient first year servers had taken away the used dishes, everyone was delighted by the patriotic piping in of the haggis by young musician, Cameron McGarvie. Mr McDougall enjoyed giving a theatrical recital of 'Address To A Haggis' and S1 photographer Isobel Martin ducked and dived all over the stage to get good angles of him stabbing the haggis! The audience was very impressed by the beautiful rendition of 'My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose' by talented singer Jennifer Riddell, accompanied by Laura Mackie. The school broke away from tradition when Freddy Russell and I jointly delivered the keynote speech of the evening, the Immortal Memory, which was warmly received.
The guests had a fantastic meal of haggis, neeps and tatties with a mustard and cream sauce. The haggis was so popular that even more had to be made to be sufficient for the demand! There wasn't a dry eye at the whole event when Noah Bateman, Seamus Magennis and Jamie Bogan sang 'Caledonia' ably accompanied on the piano by Calum Murray. Everyone was amused by the memorably comic performance of 'Willie Wastle' by Stewart Alexander. The laughs continued, with all of the men joining Gregor Adams in a grand 'Toast to the Lassies'.
These performances were followed by the dessert- a choice of strawberry cranachan or fruit salad- both of which were said to be delicious. After the dessert, the lassies got their revenge on the men, as Darcy Meiklejohn gave a spirited reply to Gregor Adams' toast. After this, the raffle took place, with people winning many luxurious prizes including an Apple i-Tunes voucher and an M&S Hamper. The S1 Year Tutor, Mrs Smith thanked everyone involved - singling out, Mrs Stewart, who, with help from other staff, organised the whole night.
The guests were serenaded out by the talented young violinists; Molly-Jean Wilson, Mia Laisen, Cameron Rodgers and Miriam Gilbride playing Auld Lang Syne.
The whole evening was a fantastic and unique opportunity for parents, staff and pupils to socialise and see the many great aspects that make up the talents and characteristics of Hutchesons' pupils.
Photography: Isobel Martin S1