2016 – 28th Inverclyde Secondary School Burns Supper

20160218 Schools Burns Supper 0076PThe 28th Inverclyde Secondary Schools Burns Supper was held on the evening of Thursday 24th February, 2016, when family and friends gathered at Craigmarloch School for this special evening, which showcases the talents of the young people of Inverclyde.

This years venue was Craigmarloch School, a “state of the art” school, which is part of the shared campus, incorporating Port Glasgow High School and St. Stephens High School.

The evening got off to a great start with Murray McKechnie piping in the top table guests.

Mrs Eileen Stewart, Head Teacher of Craigmarloch School, welcomed all of the guests and stated she was proud that her school was the host of this years Burns Supper.

Mrs Christine MacLeod, President of the Mother Club, then took control of the proceedings and welcomed everyone on behalf of the Greenock Burns Club and hoped they would enjoy the evening.

20160218 Schools Burns Supper 0072PTo begin the evening John Love had the pleasure of reciting the Selkirk grace.

Murray McKechnie then piped in the haggis, which was proudly carried by Alicia Maxwell. This was followed by John Morrison, who gave an excellent “Address to a Haggis”.

Everyone then sat down to enjoy the tradition meal of Cock a leekie soup, haggis neeps and tatties, apple pie.

After the meal, Christine MacLeod introduced Ross Gillan of St. Columba’s High School, who proposed the Toast to The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns. This was a well presented and

The next speaker was Hugh Jamieson of Clydeview Academy, who proposed a very humorous “Toast to the Lasses”. The reply to his “Toast” was given by Caitlyn Cummings of Inverclyde Academy, who made an equally humorous “Reply”

The evening was interspersed with Burns poetry recitations, songs and the playing of an array of instruments, which showcased the talent of the young people of Inverclyde.

As the evening drew towards a close, Julia Ballingall of Port Glasgow High School gave a comprehensive “Vote of Thanks” to everyone involved in organising the Burns Supper, one of the highlights of the Burns Calendar in Inverclyde.

The evening concluded in the traditional manner with everyone singing “Auld Lang Syne”.

Thanks go to this year’s hosts – Craigmarloch School, who made all of the programmes, table settings, artwork and “Burns Themed” badges as momentos of the occasion.

A special thanks must go to McKechnie Jess butchers for their continued support by donating their award winning haggis for the Burns Supper yet again.

A further thanks to the Greenock Burns Club for the financial support of the Burns Supper.

PiperMurray McKechniePort Glasgow HS
Poem - Selkirk GraceJohn LoveCraigmarloch School
Haggis-bearerAlicia MaxwellCraigmarloch School
Poem - Address to a HaggisJohn MorrisonNotre Dame HS
Song - My luve is like a red red roseSophie SheridanCraigmarloch School
Poem - To a mouseJennifer Lynne & Caitlyn Cummings & Heather McArthurInverclyde Academy
Toast to Immortal Memory of Robert BurnsRoss GillanSt. Columba's HS
Song - Leezie LindsaySophie McGillSt. Columba's HS
Poem - Tam O'ShanterRobbie PedenClydeview Academy
Music - Duncan GrayKirsten McKay (Flute)Port Glasgow HS
Toast to the LassesHugh JamiesonClydeview Academy
Song - Ae Fond KissGemma HanleyPort Glasgow HS
Song - By Yon Castle Wa'Sophie BysouthNotre Dame HS
Song - john Anderson My JoChloe Munro & Rachel ScottInverclyde Academy
Reply to the LassesCaitlyn CummingsInverclyde Academy
Poem - A Man's A Man For A' ThatJennifer Gray & Emma LaffertySt. Columba's HS
Poem - Rantin' Rovin' RobinAmy MorrisonNotre Dame HS
Misic - O' My Luve is Like A Red Red RoseAlan Hunter (Cornet)Clydeview Academy
Vote of ThanksJulia BallingallPort Glasgow HS

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