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The Pride of Scotland alive on Celtic Day

May 15, 2024 at 4:19 PM

On Friday 3 May, our Boys’ School came alive with the vibrant spirit of Celtic Day. The occasion is highly anticipated, as the entire school day embraced a Scottish twist. 

The day began with a vibrant parade, reminiscent of grand Scottish gatherings. Led by the Boys’ School Pipe Band, the first time in the 26-year history of Celtic Day our own Pipe Band marched the proceedings.  The procession filled the air with the stirring sounds of bagpipes and drums. Older boys proudly shepherded their younger peers round the grounded, marking the day from the beginning with a strong sense of togetherness.

Although our Principal, Peter Cassie, couldn't be present, Deputy Principal Grayson Aspinall, stepped up to give a poignant address on the lessons of heritage. He remarked, “History is something we must always reflect on and learn from and be inspired by.” He continued, emphasising the significance of Scottish symbols, stating, “In Scottish history, there is a symbol that represents strength, courage, and the pride of Scotland. That is, the Lion Rampant Flag, the flag you marched around with today.”

Mr Aspinall’s words stirred the assembled students, setting the stage for a day rich in tradition and celebration. No doubt some of that courage and strength came out during the inter-House Tug-O-War or the Castle Siege Water Wars later in the day! The House prefects, bearing the Lion Rampant Flag, stood tall before the student body as Mr Aspinall spoke, flying the resilience and spirit of the Scottish nation for all to focus on.

To close the ceremony, Head Boy Harry Simpson performed a convincing rendition of Robbie Burn’s Ode to the Haggis in Gaelic, a soliloquy he had the privilege of witnessing a long succession of Head Boys’ perform over the last eight years. Admittedly, he had been practising all through the holidays to perfect it!

As the day unfolded, our boys revelled in a variety of activities, from navigating inflatable obstacle courses to testing their coordination during Highland dancing. Of course, no Celtic celebration would be complete without indulging in traditional treats like haggis and shortbread, lovingly prepared by our dedicated parents.

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all involved, from our hardworking staff to the supportive parents who helped make Celtic Day a memorable success. We cherish the opportunity to spend a day embracing our Scottish roots, brotherhood, and creating memories within our school community.

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