Blogs and News - St George's School For Girls, Edinburgh

19 Jan 2017
St George's Burns Supper

Burns 2017 250wAs international as the community at St George's is, and continues to be, students and teachers alike both treasure the Scottish roots of the school. This connection to ancestry could not have been more apparent than at the Upper Sixth Burns Supper. This annual event was made particularly special this year by the both traditional and innovative speeches as well as the many forms of musical entertainment provided by the Burns Singers, fantastically organised by the talented Hannah.

The evening began with our two pipers Kathryn and Lexie who piped the long procession of cocktail dresses and kilts towards the dining hall. Not only was their playing flawless but it reminded us of the long history and tradition behind the evening we were about to enjoy. As we sat down, Alice and Orlagh took the podium as our ever-cheerful co-chairs. They skillfully guided us through the decorum of the evening, (there really is a lot of standing and sitting) and never hesitated to provide us with some wit. They really were wonderful hosts who kept the whole evening running smoothly and energetically. The speeches themselves opened with the brief but beautiful Selkirk Grace delivered by Alisa. After a delicious starter, the haggis was brought in and piped around the hall until coming to rest at the head table. Savanna performed a vigorous and passionate address to the haggis.

Mr Ashmore stepped up once we had all sampled the haggis, to sing a  heartfelt rendition of 'My Love is like a red, red rose' which certainly filled the room with reverberating emotion and everyone took a few moments of reflection before the Burns Singers took to the stage.

Mr Slater was the next speaker to step up to the podium and his 'Toast to the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns' certainly gave us food for thought and we were swiftly reminded, not only of Burns' skill with language but his continued existence in the culture and traditions of Scotland.

Next up were the most anticipated speakers. Luca led Merchiston in a Toast to the Lassies, commenting on many aspects of the relationship between man and women at all stages of life. In response, St George's sent their finest, Ailsa, to disprove all the points made in the previous speech in her 'Toast to the Laddies'. Ailsa certainly did so with grace and gusto, providing a guidebook for the boys on how to interact with women.

Once the dinner was finished, we had time for a few ceilidh dances to end the evening. Finally and most importantly, thank you to the chefs and staff who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the evening was a success.

Maria

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