On Friday 11th January pupils of Whitehill School and St Mungo's Academy joined together at Glasgow Cathedral to commemorate the life of our patron saint, Mungo. Both sets of pupils read out their prepared question and answer summaries on the life and times of St Mungo, then laid wreaths of flowers at the tomb in the crypt of the cathedral.
This annual event is part of the Medieval Glasgow Trust St Mungo week and whose mission is to advance the understanding of the heritage of Glasgow from its foundations in the 6th century AD, with a focus mainly on its mediaeval development within the period 1100 to 1600. It is good that both Whitehill School and St Mungo's come together as part of this.
On 27th September, a group of 15 of our number visited Oran Mor in Glasgow to view the murals and ceiling painted by our former pupil and Achievement Award winner, Alasdair Gray. We were all astonished by the artwork, the imagination and the sheer technical accomplishment in getting up to do the ceiling. Not far off Michaelangelo.
We completed the visit with an excellent lunch.
The Autumn Lunch was held at the Marriott on Thursday 11th October, attended by 50 FPs and current pupils.
We had a very enjoyable lunch, followed by the raffle which culminated with the star prize, afternoon tea for two at the recently opened “Mackintosh at the Willow” on Sauchiehall Street. Gordon Caskie, who has recently moved house found an excellent watercolour painting of the old school building which had been painted by George Taggart, who passed away earlier this year. Gordon offered this painting to be auctioned for club funds.
It was “won” for an undisclosed sum by Ron Fernand.
Iain Callander made a short speech highlighting the stories of three former pupils and their sacrifice during the First World War, followed by a reading of a poem by John Munro. A small cross with a poppy remembering the loss of Robert Jeffrey and sent to us by his great niece was given to Molly Reid who will place it on the memorial at the school.