On Tuesday 29th of January, a few days late! Caldervale’s S1-S4 book groups, The BOOKies & Catalyst, hosted their 10th annual Burns Supper.
The pupils in the groups had been planning the Supper since the beginning of the new term and with a little bit of help from the LRC Manager, had selected music and poetry to entertain their guests.
Two members of the Catalyst group chaired the event and were joined by members of the BOOKies, who “Addressed the Haggis”, performed “The Immortal Memory” and “The Selkirk Grace”. The school’s captains “Toasted the Lassies” and responded in kind, with much hilarity from the audience. In the absence of a school piper, the haggis was very ably “fiddled” by one of the school’s 3rd year pupils.
The Home Economics Dept did a fantastic job of decorating the room and preparing the wonderful haggis, neeps and tatties. While one of the pupil’s parents contributed a lovely dumpling for dessert.
Scottish Booktrust Live Literature Funding enabled the group to invite local storyteller, Gerry Durkin, to the school for a class visit on the day of the supper and he kindly agreed to stay to be guest of honour at the event.
Everyone involved had a great time. The pupils excelled themselves, coming to practices almost every day at lunchtime to try and get their pronunciations perfect and learning their pieces off by heart. I couldn’t have been prouder if they had been my own children!