Whitehill Former Pupils’ Club
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A message from the President.
We have an active club which is open to all former pupils of Whitehill School. The objectives of the club are to bring together former pupils of the school in a social atmosphere and to foster links with the current school staff and pupils.
Our main events are an annual lunch and dinner held in Glasgow. Due to the pandemic we have not been able to meet for over two years but, with the situation returning to near normal, we will be restarting with our Centennial Dinner on 21st October this year. Committee members are working hard to make this a very special event. Spouses and partners are invited and also the current head teacher and some senior pupils. We will have a notable former pupil as a speaker, and a lifetime achievement award will be presented to a former pupil who has made a significant contribution in his chosen career. I look forward to welcoming you all to the dinner and to future club meetings.
Although we are designated as a club, for practical reasons, there is no requirement to make a membership application or pay an annual subscription. If you are interested just contact the secretary and request to be put on the mailing list to receive copies of the newsletter and be advised of current and future events.
Iain McLean, President
Secretary contact details:
6a Corstorphine Road,
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / 0131 337 9400
Former Pupils’ Club website: www.whitehillfp.org
Secretary contact details:
Iain Callander, 6a Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh EH12 6HN
Gordon Caskie on the BBC.
29 th October 2023
Gordon talks to Ben Fogle about his heroic uncle’s WWII bravery on the BBC’s program “Scotland’s Sacred Islands”. Watch on i-player, Series 2, Episode 2.
To see more about his uncle Donald click on the picture.
Alasdair Gray Archive
Alasdair Gray was an ethical human, he turned down many awards, honorary doctorates and famously a knighthood, they didn’t chime with his socialist beliefs...
But one of the awards he did proudly accept was his Lifetime Achievement Award from his old secondary school in Dennistoun, Whitehill, where he was a student from 1945-1951.
In 2017 he was invited to attend the celebratory dinner and had a wonderful evening talking with staff and students. The award was then proudly displayed next to his desk and we have done the same where it is on show at the archive. On the award it states:
“Alasdair admits he was useless at Latin and Mathematics but that the head art teacher, Robert Stuart, nurtured his talent and allowed him to express himself freely. His leaving certificate showed passes in Art and English – the head teacher said this qualified him to become a paid trainee librarian who might make something of art as a spare-time hobby."