Burns Night at Invicta
On Saturday, 28 January 2017, we celebrated our fourth Burns' Night with a traditional four course supper of Haggis, neeps and tatties and a wee dram of whiskey. Invicta welcomed nearly 60 guests to an evening that also included Scottish singing and dancing. Many of our guests were parents or from the Maidstone Riverside Rotary; all looked splendid is a variety of kilts, tartans and evening dress.
Year 12 Student Erin-Jane Roodt sent us this report:
“Once again, members of Invicta’s Young Chamber and Interact came together, under the leadership of Mrs Bennett and Miss Pope to stage, in Mrs Bennett’s words; “The most seamless Burns Night yet”.
The guests, wonderfully dressed, in a fitting range of tartans participated in a full agenda of Burns traditions from Mr Richard Ratcliffe’s traditional reading of the Selkirk Grace to a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne, which drew the night to a close. Other highlights of the evening included the piping in of the Haggis by Mr Michael Hicks, followed by an address to the haggis by Mr Masters; who impressed the guests with his astonishingly accurate Scottish accent. After dessert, Mr Colin Norgate kicked off the toasts with a robust, rhyming tribute to The Lassies, followed by Mrs Pam Ratcliffe’s witty retort to the Laddies. The guests then sang along to a joyful rendition of the Scottish favourite ‘500 Miles’, before being summoned to their feet for some traditional ceilidh dancing. We were delighted that the student helpers joined in, dancing to the Gay Gordons, Strip the Willow and the Dashing White Sergeant with varying levels of expertise and confidently led by student members of Young Chamber and Interact. Finally, a vote of thanks from the Chairs of both societies drew an entertaining night to a close.”
The event was organised by Invicta's Young Chamber, led by chair Udochi Adiukwu and the school's Interact branch of the Rotarian Club, led by student Joshua Ogunjobi. Their teams of students have been involved in many 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 uniforms with tartan sashes. They created a wonderful Scottish feel to the school hall and reception using flowers, flags and bunting.
All money raised will go Young Chamber and Interact's chosen charities Sudep Action, Dementia UK and War Child. We are delighted to announce that over £1300 was raised on the night.
We would like to thank the students from Young Chamber and Interact, Riverside Rotary especially Mr Springett and Mr Ratcliffe for their support, Invicta staff members; Mrs Bennett, Miss Pope and Kent Chamber of Commerce’s Mr Lavender for their leadership and helpful guidance. Also to Mrs Berry, Mr Masters, Mr Chambers and Mrs Brewster for their invaluable contribution.