Burns' Night Supper
On Saturday, 25 January 2014, Invicta celebrated Burns' Night with a traditional three course supper with Scottish entertainment. Despite thunder, lightening and heavy rain we welcomed 81 guests to Haggis, neeps and tatties and a wee dram of whiskey. Many of our guests were from the Maidstone Riverside Rotary, who all looked splendid is a variety of tartans and evening dress.
The evening started with the Selkirk Grace read by Mrs LLoyd before the first course of smoked salmon was served. The Haggis was ceremoniously piped in by Mr Michael Hicks, followed by chef, Mrs Berry carrying the Haggis. Our very own Scot, Mrs Giles gave the address to the Haggis which starts:
Fair and full is your honest, jolly face,
Great chieftain of the sausage race!
Sixth former Katie sang beautifully, the haunting "Skye Boat and "Amazing Grace" while Mrs LLoyd read "A Red Red Rose" and "To a Mouse", two of Robbie Burns' poems. The evening continued with the traditional "Toast to the Lassies" given by Mike Springett, president of Maidstone Riverside Rotary while the "Reply from the Lassies" was delivered with great Scottish aplomb by Invicta's Mrs Bennett.
After dessert of Cranachan and home made short bread, our guests were treated to a demonstration of Scottish dancing from Rachel Remington and her husband Brian Patton. Every one then rose to their feet to join in the Gay Gordons and the Dashing White Sergeant, which was danced with varying levels of expertise!
The event was organised by Invicta's Young Chamber led by chair Temi Fatona and the school's Interact branch of the Rotarian Club led by Alice Musgrove. Temi and Alice's 's team of students have been involved in all aspects of planning of the supper. On the day they laid tables, prepared food and waited on the tables looking extremely professional in their black and white uniforms. They created a wonderful Scottish feel to the school hall and reception using flags, bunting and heathers.
The vote of thanks by Temi followed the raffle. Many of the prizes had been donated by Invicta parents and Rotary members. A special additional raffle with a winning prize of a signed copy of a Downton Abbey book and a bottle of Downton Abbey wine was won by a member of the Geography Department. In keeping with tradition the evening finished with a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne.
We would like to thank Young Chamber, Interact, Mrs Bennett, Mrs LLoyd, Mrs Berry, Mrs Giles and Mr Chambers for their hard work in making the evening such a success. All money raised will go to Young Chamber and Interact's chosen charities: Mencap and Trinity Foyer in Maidstone.