Whitehill Former Pupils’ Club

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2017 Dinner

Our annual dinner held again at the Hallmark Hotel in Glasgow on Friday 10th March was very well attended by former pupils and their guests, past headteachers and present staff from the school.  10 current pupils including the head girl and boy, Taylor Hood and Himanchu Bhatt made up a table. This year we also welcomed members of the 6(1) group. In total we had 70 people attend to celebrate the event.

Bill Sang, president, proposed the toast to the school and presented an inscribed quaich to Robert Watt. Robert had been listed in 2013 to propose the toast but had been  unable to attend due to ill health. We were all delighted to see Robert at this years dinner and to belatedly present the quaich to him.

Headteacher Pauline Swan introduced Taylor and Himanchu, both of whom spoke of their thoughts on school now that their time there was coming to a conclusion and they move on to the next stage in their lives. They spoke on teacher mentoring, support and care helping them to achieve their aims.

 We held a very successful silent wine auction which raised a total of £215.06. Thanks to all who took part in this. The money raised goes to the school to help fund additional tuition, Bill introduced our guest of honour, Dr James Macaulay.  Jim, many will remember as a well liked teacher of history during the first half of the 1960's. He went on after Whitehill to study architecture and obtained his Phd. He has lectured at various colleges and at Glasgow School of Art and is an acknowledged authority on the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and medieval Scottish architecture. Several of his books were on display in the room. Jim maintained his contact with former pupils of Whitehill school through his presidency of the 6(1) club, now in existence for over 50 years. Bill presented the Achievment Award trophy and quaich to Dr. Macaulay.

James Macaulay gave a humorous reply, with anecdotes about teaching colleagues at the school during his years. This was particularly entertaining for those of us who had been through the school at that time.

The evening concluded when Bill Sang passed the president’s badge to Robin Brunton.