The Scots School
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Highland Gathering

Highland Gathering


  Next Highland Gathering 18th March 2018

2017 Highland Gathering Weekend


Headmaster Mr David Gates expressed his thanks to The Scots School community in the Highlander Newsletter.

The Highland Gathering was a wonderful day for The Scots School community with perfect weather and a wonderful atmosphere. Thank you to all the parents who were involved in so many ways. Thank you to the Friends of Pipes and Drums for organising the Pipe Band Competition and also to Mr Gil MacKenzie and Mr Milliane Longmore. Thank you to Mrs Libby Dawes for organising the Equestrian Show Jumping Competition and Mrs Gillian Gates for coordination of the visiting Dance Troupes and the Highland Dancing. Thank you to Mr Justin Adams for organising the games with the assistance of his Year 9 10 PASS class.

 I am very grateful for the enormous commitment of the Highland Gathering Committee lead by Mr Lindsay Wilde President of the Parents' and Friends' Association. I wish to thank everyone involved who organised stalls and activities, put up tents and did a great deal more besides, often behind the scenes, to ensure the success of such a large undertaking.

 There were many highlights at this year's Highland Gathering. Once again The Castle was a perfect backdrop for the Pipes and Drums with a big crowd in attendance to enjoy the competition. Our own Pipes and Drums, under the leadership of Gil McKenzie, represented the school admirably as usual. I particularly wish to congratulate them on winning the Best Dressed Award and the Juvenile Band Section. Other highlights included the mass bands performing together at the closing presentation, the role of our cadets in the Flag Raising Ceremony and the tremendous increase in participation of students in Highland Dancing at The Scots School.

 This year Mrs Libby Dawes organised an Equestrian Show Jumping Competition which proved very popular with the crowd who seemed to enjoy the new location of the Old Boys' Oval. Another initiative this year was the team of professional 'Strong Men' from Highland Muscle who entertained the crowd with their feats of strength with a range of events including the Caber Toss. It was an honour for me to be able to share the day with Mrs Fran Bremner. Fran enjoyed the activities of the day very much along with the opportunity to catch up with many students and parents past and present. It was a great weekend. 

Thank you everyone for the part you played.

To enjoy photos for the 2016 Highland Gathering please click here

Enjoy photos for the 2017 Highland Gathering


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2017 Highland Gathering Weekend
Letter from the President of the Scots School P&F
The 2017 Highland Gathering was an exciting day with lots of sound and action from the Equestrian on the Old Boys Oval right through the grounds to the Highland Muscle Strongman competition on the main oval. The Pipe Bands in front of the castle and the dance schools performed by the hall, all in front of happy crowds of spectators.  
The day was a great success and the Highland Gathering committee and I would like to acknowledge all those that helped to make it such a good day. Many hands are involved in such a big event and everyone who makes a contribution is important to the final results. So I give my heartfelt thanks to you all. Jeff, and the maintenance team for their efforts to present the school at its best. To the Dining Room staff for your support of the Boarder Parents and their wonderful food stall. To all the Parents and the Teachers who manned the stalls, especially those that worked over-shift. 
For their excellent behaviour, working on the stalls, and demonstrating what makes this school such a good place, a big thank you to all the students. Also to the students who participated so successfully in the band competition, equestrian and highland dancing that was so entertaining on the day. To Rob and Highland Muscle for a wonderful addition or the Strongman Games to the Highland Gathering that we hope can become an ongoing feature of the day. 

In the days and hours before the opening ceremony the pace of set up increases and the committee members thank all those who came to help raise the marquees and the castle and set up for the Ceilidh. We really appreciate those who started early on Saturday and finished and the finer details on the morning and those that stayed late on Sunday and made it go away again so quickly. Planning for the day takes a great deal of time and effort.
I personally, appreciate all the work that the Highland Gathering Committee, Friends of Pipes and Drums Committee, and Mrs Libby Dawes put in to bringing together all the parts that made the day what is was. 

Thank you all. 
Lindsay Wilde President, The Scots School P&F Association

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