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Band Competition

At the end of every summer term since 1984 (and, more recently, on the last day), a day-long Band Competition is held. Pupils in each First and Second Year practical class practice during music lessons to play three songs, and then finally face the ordeal of playing before the rest of the school. Teachers from outside the music department then adjudicate, and winners are chosen from both years. Between the First Year contest in the morning and the Second Year contest in the afternoon, groups of pupils from older years play noncompetitively, and in some years groups of teachers have entertained the pupils. First and Second Year tunes tend to be chosen both from the world of modern pop music and, in a more eclectic fashion, from music dating back to the 1960s. Older years tend to favour more rock and indie music. Teacher groups usually give comedy performances.

While practising for the band competition can be hard work, it encourages musical activity, and, on Band Competition Day, a lot of enjoyment is had by all.

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On Monday 21st June, pupils took part in their first Sports day since 2019, with great success! Pupils in every year group took part in athletics, rounders, football, hockey, fun events, netball, badminton, dodgeball and volleyball. It was great to see such healthy competition with pupils trying their best to win for their house and displaying excellent sporting conduct at the same time. In S2, R house ran out the winners with a particularly strong showing in the Athletics. In S3, M ran out the victors with particularly strong results in Badminton and Football. In S4, R won with strong results in Athletics and Fun Events. In S5/6, T took the victory after a slightly stronger showing in Athletics than other houses. Overall, R took home the Phil Mackay trophy with a winning total of 763 points, M were in 2nd place with 710 points and T in 3rd with 694 points. Well done to R!Finally, a special mention to Max Linklater who broke the S3 high jump record with a height of 1.56m.

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