S. Anselm’s Burns Night and Ceidilh
It was wonderful to welcome the children back on Sunday evening listening to their stories from the weekend and reminiscing to them about our adventures on the Tignes slopes.
Monday morning saw the Head of House don a kilt for Robbie Burns Day. Admittedly it was Annie’s spare kilt and the poor lad got a bit of stick throughout the day but it seemed it was mere jealousy as by the evening all of the boys were begging the girls to borrow their spares in preparation for the Burns Supper and Ceilidh.
For those of you who don’t know Robbie Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796), also known as Rabbie Burns, was a Scottish poet and lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.
A short prep was completed and the boys and girls went up to dress as Scottish as possible. Well done to Mr Shepherd who wore his kilt in style and to the Longstaff brothers who joined us with Charlie playing Mr P’s bagpipes as the children were piped into the dining room to their seats before the Haggis was addressed superbly by our very own Scotswoman Miss Walker.
Haggis, neeps and tatties was enjoyed, or at least tried, by all with many groans as the children started to find out exactly what haggis was and what is was kept in. Grace followed.
Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
And sae the Lord be thankit
Mr Shepherd toasted the Lassies with a mildly crude toast before Annie M responded to the Laddies. We had poems from Robbie Burns with Mrs B, Katie S, Lizzie R, Toby de la B, Max H, Luke D and Fran N all reading parts in their best Scottish accents.
A short break followed before we welcomed the Ceilidh band. Bob who called the dances bit by bit got us all dancing with new and different partners. It was a wonderful occasion and we all cannot wait to do it again next year!!