Published by Mr Macdonald
Wednesday 20 January 2016
Castle Douglas High School’s traditional Charities Week celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this Christmas. Starting with A Blue Peter Bring and Buy Sale in 1990 which raised £200, the annual event is a popular milestone in the school’s calendar and has gone from strength to strength over the years. This year has been no different and there has been a wide range of activities on offer. Over £1300 has been raised for charity so far.
A packed audience enjoyed an evening of music, dance and poetry when the Music Department put together a seasonal programme of entertainment for parents and friends of the school. Music teachers Alison Cook, Jill Riley and Sue St Joseph worked hard with a variety of ensembles and choirs to provide the entertainment, ably supported by the staff who offer instrumental tuition in the school.
The school’s senior house captains arranged a Pensioners’ Treat with the help of the chaplaincy team who brought people from their own churches to attend. The guests were treated to tea, coffee and home baking, a Snowman Drive, musical entertainment and joined in carol singing led by house captains. All who attended enjoyed the music, home baking and chat.
Nearly two hundred pupils attended the Senior Christmas Dance and danced the night away to the music provided by a ceilidh band and DJ Robbie Struthers. The pupils were turned out beautifully in their best finery, the traditional country dancing was superb and a wonderful evening was had by all.
The past week has also been a hive of activity with games, stall and events, all aimed at raising money for the pupils’ chosen charities – St Peter’s in Ghana, the school’s partner school in Africa, and the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation. These events include a staff lunch, a non-uniform day, a collection at Tesco and different stalls in the assembly hall every day.
The House Captain team worked with Canon David Bayne on an assembly which looked at the Syrian Crisis; Canon Bayne tied it very effectively into the story of the Nativity, giving pupils and staff food for thought at this time of year. Money raised from events in the week will also be used to support Syrian children who require shelter and clothing.
The school term finished with another tradition: CD’s Got Talent saw many pupils displaying their skills and talents on stage for the entertainment of their peers, a fitting end to a wonderful week.