Hawick High School Burns Supper 2015

The annual Hawick High School Burns Supper took place on Wednesday 20 January 2016. Senior pupils, teachers and¬†members from the local community attended the evening packed with entertainment, poem recitation¬†and of course the ‘Tae the Lassies’ and ‘Tae the Laddies’ speeches.

The evening started off with a wonderful rendition of Tae a Haggis by S1 pupil Thomas MacAskill. The performance received a special praise from World Champion Burns performer David Scott who delivered a toast to the Immortal Memory.

The first piece of musical entertainment came from S4 pupil Phillipa Robertson, accompanied on guitar by Kristie Anderson, with the singing of Caledonia. This superb performance was posted online and before the evening was finished had been shared on social media multiple times and enjoyed by friends and relatives around the world. Within 24 hours it had been viewed by over 1600 people.

Other highlights from the evening included the memorable Tae the Lassies and Tae the Laddies speeches. Always a special highlight of the evening. Head Boy Frazer Towers and Head Girl Katie Templeman did an excellent job of embarrassing some of the students (and teachers!) of Hawick High School.

Throughout the evening there were superb performances from pupils. Max Thomas sang a very moving version of Aye Fond Kiss, Jasmine Davidson sang Craigie Burn Wood beautifully and Euan Welsh performed a lively and very polished rendition of Tae a Mouse. Logan Bell’s rendition of Tam O’ Shanter received a standing ovation and the final performance of the night came from Eilidh Garden with a rousing performance of Ye Jacobites.

The evening was enjoyed by many townspeople as well as senior pupils and staff members from the school, past and present. This included previous rector Alan Williamson who is moving onto exciting new adventures abroad.

To end the evening the vote of thanks came from the current Headteacher Kevin McClory. Thank-you gifts were given to many of the performers including Scocha member Ian Scott, a regular supporter of this event, who sang Starr O’ Robbie Burns. Viki Blair who is Principal Teacher of English at the school also received a special gift recognising the huge amount of effort she has put into running this event for the past few years and the excellent job she always does of keeping everything running smoothly throughout the evening.

Hawick High School also has it’s very own Burns Club run by English teacher Mrs Scouler. It allows pupils in any year group to come and learn how to recite poems as well as improving their confidence and their ability to speak in front of larger groups. Many of the nights performers are members of this group and their wonderful performances are a tribute to the work that has gone on behind the scenes by the Burns Club members.

Below is just a flavour of the events which took place on the night.