Saint Andrew’s Day a time to reflect on rich Scottish heritage
St. Andrew’s Day was celebrated differently at SAC this year, although haggis still made it on the menu.
Jamie Ingles, Coordinator of Student Life, pointed out that the School would normally mark this occasion with large feasts in Cole Hall where we parade in the haggis, eat traditional Scottish foods, and enjoy music provided by our Pipes & Drums.
Saint Andrew’s Day, which falls on Nov. 30, is a time for the students and staff to celebrate the rich history at St. Andrew’s College and our Scottish heritage. Saint Andrew’s Day, also known as Andermas, is Andrew the Apostle’s feast day. It is Scotland’s official national day and is celebrated widely throughout the country with traditional music, Scottish feasts, and festive gatherings called cèilidhs.
While we will not have the opportunity to have a full school banquet this year, our amazing dining hall staff has arranged for a traditional meal of neeps, tatties, mince, and haggis on Friday for the Middle School and faculty and staff who are on campus.
Unfortunately, the Upper School is not able to enjoy a St. Andrew's Day feast this year. Mr. Inglis says he hopes the boys can celebrate the School’s Scottish heritage on Jan. 25, Robbie Burns Day. Robbie Burns was a celebrated Scottish poet who died in 1796. He has been celebrated on his birthday for more than two centuries and traditionally includes haggis, which is piped in followed by the reciting of Address to a Haggis. This poem was written by Burns and was first printed in 1786.
In honour of the School's Scottish traditions and its rich history, Upper School students have been invited to participate in a history contest with trivia specifically related to St. Andrew's College. The prize is a gift card to the Campus Shop.