A crowd of students braved a freezing wind in the Quad for part one of the Highland Games on Friday 12 June, which had been postponed from its traditional date alongside the Founders’ Day Assembly due to COVID-19. Catelin Riordan (Year 12) made history by becoming the first female in St Andrew’s College’s 103-year history to perform the Address to the Haggis. Her spirited, dramatic presentation of the Robbie Burns’ poem was hugely appreciated. Rutherford took out the first half of the House competition, after each House performed lively renditions of the School Song, House chants, a Scottish song and the St Andrew’s College haka. In their e-newsletter, Heads Up, the Heads of College rated MacGibbon’s House chant, led by Henry Stuthridge (Year 13), as a highlight of this event.
Part two of the Highland Games was disrupted for some weeks due to bad weather and COVID-19 restrictions, but the wait was definitely worth it. On Thursday 24 September, the weather was fine, and the competition was fierce, as competitors from each House took part in Highland dancing, wheat sheaf tossing, medicine ball throwing, and the ‘dead man’s run’. A performance from some of the Highland dancers and the Pipe Band rounded off a great event.
Erwin came out on top in part two. After totalling the scores from both days, Rutherford was announced the overall winner.
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The Highland Games may have been disrupted twice, but in true St Andrew’s College spirit, the event went on (albeit in two parts) – and was a great success.