On a clear but crisp day, St Margaret’s pupils, staff, and families came together at St Machar’s Cathedral for the annual St Margaret’s Day celebrations on Friday, 17th November.
Our community gathered in the stunning cathedral, overlooked by the crest of St Margaret which resides alongside many others on the ceiling of St Machar’s. The service began with readings from our head, Miss Anna Tomlinson, the head girl team, and senior prefects and the assembled audience enjoyed beautiful performances from school choirs, soloists, and musicians.
St Margaret’s Day is celebrated by the school annually, and is an opportunity for our pupils to express their gratitude for their education and the opportunities this provides them. Our pupils, in the spirit of St Margaret, are encouraged to reflect on and participate in charitable activities. We were so encouraged by the generosity of the girls and their families through the abundant amount of donations to Somebody Cares. A representation of the donations was blessed at the service before being given over to the charity.
St Margaret’s Day is one of the special whole-school occasions which punctuate our school calendar. In the splendid surroundings of St Machar’s Cathedral, we celebrate the long history of our school through words and music. Whatever our respective age and stage, the St Margaret’s Day tradition provides an opportunity within a very busy term for both staff and pupils to pause and reflect.
The service is, of course, followed by the traditional half-day holiday and for the VS and VIS girls by the long-anticipated dinner dance, which this year is being held at Norwood Hall.
As a school, we look forward to the remainder of term, which includes the Youth Philanthropy Initiative and the end of term Carol Service.