On Saturday 21st October, 2017 we had a group visit by 24 former pupils, led by Dr James
Macaulay. Dr Macaulay, many will remember as a history teacher at Whitehill during the 1960's and readers of the previous Newsletter will know that he was honoured with our Achievement Award at dinner in March. He is an authority on the history and chairman of the Friends of Glasgow Cathedral, so it was both an educational and entertaining morning followed up with lunch at Amore Italia ( The Bungalow Cafe) on Alexandra Parade.
A grand day out.
The Beast from the East has come and gone, spring is in the air and the Calcutta Cup is back in Murrayfield after too long an absence.
We had our 90th Annual Reunion Dinner at the Glasgow Marriott on 9th March with around 60 FPs, current pupils, school staff and friends, enjoying an excellent dinner and evening of entertainment.
This year we honoured Alasdair Gray with our achievement award which all agreed was richly deserved. Alasdair is an accomplished author, artist and for over half a century has contributed much to the art and culture of Glasgow and Scotland. Robin Brunton gave a humorous speech of introduction on Alasdair's many achievements before presenting the award and opening the question and answer session.
Alasdair took several questions from the current pupils and FPs and signed menus and books for several guests.
The silent wine auction raised almost £200 which was passed to headteacher Pauline Swan for school funds. Pauline gave a short speech on the activities and progress made at the school and was followed by speeches from Amy and Connor on their achievements and plans for the future.
Richard Bell spoke of the work of the Whitehill Sports Trust, its foundations, development and the disbursements made to pupils, former pupils and teachers to promote sporting achievement.
In January, Glasgow celebrated the birth and life of it's patron saint, St.Mungo or Kentigern and a short service was held at the Cathedral with pupils from both Whitehill School and St Mungo's Academy presenting the story of the life of St Mungo. Wreaths were laid at the tomb of the saint in the crypt of the cathedral. The former pupils club was always delighted to take part in this event and was happy to provide the flower tribute. It is also good to see pupils of both schools working together. Any opportunity to bring together children of many faiths and traditions is to be encouraged.
Alasdair with head girl and boy, Amy Williams, Connor McLeod, and pupil group.
Pupils of Whitehill School and St Mungo's Academy at the tomb of St Mungo.