Burns Night 2024

On Thursday 25th January, the annual Boarders’ Burns Night took place. Burns Night is a tradition that is held across the United Kingdom and celebrated worldwide. The night celebrates the life and works of Robert Burns, Scottish poet and lyricist. All four boarding houses joined together to celebrate Burns Night and enjoyed an evening of dancing, good food and all things Scottish. 


The evening started with some poetry and the Master, Mr Burbury reciting the Selkirk Grace It was the perfect backdrop for boarders to try the traditional cock-a-leekie soup, and sample the famous haggis that is a staple part of Burns Night. The address to the haggis was done by none other than Oli Burbury. Mr McDiarmid was the perfect accompaniment on the bagpipes. Boarders enjoyed trying the haggis, and for many, it was the first time they had tasted the dish. 


As the dinner came to an end, pupils were invited to the Wykeham Hall where a traditional ceilidh awaited the boarders. A ceilidh is a dance that is performed by groups and involves intricate turns and splits. The boarders were quick to get involved and despite the complexity, they were willing to give every move and turn a go. It certainly was comical, watching some of the shapes pupils managed to find themselves in. All in all the night was a great success and an excellent evening for all of the boarding community to come together and celebrate a literacy great.

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