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40th Anniversary Assembly

28 September 2017 | Tagged: Senior School, Events, School Community

Pupils, staff, former pupils and invited guests of The High School celebrated 40 years of the Senior School at Old Anniesland this morning with a special anniversary assembly.

Taking place exactly 40 years to the day since the grand opening of the new building, guests enjoyed a fascinating morning, with the Rector explaining more about the Senior School at Old Anniesland and its growth over the years, from a humble space in which the current Library area acted as an Assembly Hall, Gymnasium and Lunch Hall (all in the space of a single day!) to today's incarnation, which will shortly see the addition of a brand new Health and Wellbeing Centre. The Rector commented:

"The High School is Scotland's oldest continuous school. From our origins in the 12th century, The High
 School of Glasgow has been an important part of Glasgow's and Scotland's story. Today, the High School
 of 2017 stands as a living recognition to the foresight and dedication of those who saved the school in
 the 1970s and to all those who have since supported the school.

Clyde House Captain, Jessica Mendonca-Gray delivered the same prayer that was given during the grand opening of the School at Anniesland in 1977, before the Rector introduced a BBC news report from 40 years ago today, covering the opening by former Prime Minister, Lord Home of the Hirsel.

Fifth Year pupil Ella Fraser played two poignant pieces on the violin, accompanied by Head of Music, Mrs Sarah Stuart, before Senior Deputy Rector, Mr Kenneth Robertson, delivered a unique spoken word version of the School song 'Ad Summan Scholam'. The entire Assembly Hall then joined together to sing the song with gusto, bringing an end to a special morning at the School.

The celebrations will continue this week with an Expressive Arts Exhibition on Friday evening and Saturday morning, displaying the talents on show at the School from the Art and Music Departments, as well as showcasing the skills of the High School's Hospitality students. They pre-empted tomorrow's exhibition, baking a cake and presenting it to Lord Macfarlane following the 40th Anniversary Assembly!

The celebrations will come to a spectacular head at the Celebration Ball at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on Saturday evening.

Photos by Robert Perry

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