On Sunday October 9th 12 children, accompanied by Mr Fowlds, Mr Spencer, Mrs Roberson and Mrs Reed, set off at 7.00am for Glenalmond. After a tortuous journey, (no places to stop for emergencies!!) we reached our destination shortly after 11.00am where we met Nancy and her mum.
Our guides were waiting for us, and they took us straight into the chapel for the first rehearsal. Only four schools visited this year, but the sound was magnificent from the very beginning.
Following a relaxing lunch, and more rehearsing, we took part in two entertaining activities, English and the History of Art, allowing the children to explore paintings through dressing up.
The Glenalmond Pipe Band treated us to a marching display, and then we found our places in the chapel for the evening service. There was some beautiful singing, justifying the amount of rehearsal time, and the Glenalmond College Chapel Choir were inspirational in their singing of Shenandoah. There was a strong Mowden element to the service: old girl, Tori Aynsley led the way as senior church warden, ex Director of Music, Henry Wallace accompanied on the organ and Katie Abraham delivered her reading, expressively, and with clarity.
In the evening we celebrated a successful day with an evening meal at Paco’s restaurant in Perth, many of the group enjoying some strange mocktails from the drinks menu.
After a good night’s sleep in the Warden’s House (girls) and Goodacres (boys) we had a leisurely breakfast before setting of on the long journey home. We took the scenic route home, via Seahouses, where we enjoyed a good stop for lunch at Lewis’s Fish & Chip shop.
We are very grateful to all the staff, and pupils of Glenalmond for looking after us so well, and look forward to joining them again in the future.
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