Invicta celebrates Burns Night
On Saturday, 23 January 2016, we celebrated our third Burns' Night with a traditional four course supper of Haggis, neeps and tatties and a wee dram of whiskey. Invicta welcomed over 80 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. We were delighted to welcome Mr Ray Dixon, who is the Rotary District Governor for Kent East Sussex and South London.
The evening started with the Selkirk Grace read by Mrs LLoyd before the first course of smoked salmon pate 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!
and finishes with the Haggis being stabbed with a ceremonial knife, which was kindly loaned to us by Mr Chris Venus.
Sixth former, Dominika Warecka-Mccabe beautifully sang “The Skye Boat Song”. Dominika has a fantastic voice and has been classically trained. Her rendition of this traditional Scottish folk song had the room entranced. Mrs LLoyd read "A Man's A Man For A' That“, one of Robbie Burns' poems. The evening continued with the traditional "Toast to the Lassies" given by Mr Richard Ratcliffe from Maidstone Riverside Rotary, while the "Reply from the Lassies" was delivered by Mrs Catherine Pierce, also from Riverside Rotary.
After dessert, our guests enjoyed Scottish dancing led by Ms Jenny Barrow. Everyone jumped to their feet to join in the Gay Gordons and the Dashing White Sergeant, each dancing with varying levels of expertise! We were delighted that our student helpers joined in the fun and games at this point.
A special treat this year was a rendition of “I will walk 500 miles” by Gianni Huseyin, who led the guests in a spot of community singing.
The event was organised by Invicta's Young Chamber, led by chair Will Richards and the school's Interact branch of the Rotarian Club, led by Georgia Fothergill. 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.
The vote of thanks by Mr Mike Springett of Rotary, Will and Georgia followed the raffle. Many of the prizes had been donated by Invicta parents, friends, Rotary and mcch. In keeping with tradition the evening finished with a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne accompanied by Mr Hicks on his bagpipes.
All money raised will go Young Chamber and Interact's chosen charities African Revival and mcch (a Maidstone based charity supporting mental health). We are delighted to announce that over £1600 was raised on the night. If you would like to find out more about these charities please follow these links:
African Revival: http://africanrevival.org/
We would like to thank the students from Young Chamber, Interact, Riverside Rotary, Mrs Bennett, Mrs LLoyd, Mrs Berry, Mrs Giles, Mr Chambers and Mrs Brewster for their hard work in making the evening such a success.