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International Burns Night 2023

Our legendary Burns Night on Friday was, yet again, a huge success.

We are so fortunate to have Vaughan parents Cerys Matthews and Steve Abbott bringing their creative flair and artistic flourish to help create an unforgettable occasion that many in the school community look forward to every year. It’s an opportunity to have fun while raising much-needed funds for The Vaughan Association.

A truly inclusive affair, Burns Night at the Vaughan, as ever, came with an international twist. Taking the chance to celebrate culture and arts from around the world - reflecting the richness in background of our pupil and parent body – guests were encouraged to take to the stage to share poems and songs that are close to their hearts.

The international and inclusive themes were well captured in the inspired choice of an all-female Mariachi band, Mariachi Las Adelitas – the only female Mariachi band in Europe. Formed a decade ago in London, this unique group was born out of a desire to shatter stereotypes within a traditionally male dominated genre.

Headmaster Mr Stubbings, said of the evening: “Special thanks to Cerys Matthews and Steve Abbott for hosting the event again this year, and bringing so much energy, commitment and creativity to it. Cerys has a gift of putting people at their ease so that they feel inspired to take to the stage and share stories, poetry and song, in the process raising money for the immensely important work of The Vaughan Foundation.”

Thanks too, to former parent Mrs Outtrim who played bagpipes for guests on arrival and throughout the event, Vaughan Association Governor Mr Stewart for cutting the Haggis and leading the singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’. Also to Mr Rammelt in the school office for donating a number of Scottish-themed items and current parent Mrs O’Shea and Mrs Ybarra for the beautiful decorations. Many other parents also generously donated gifts for the raffle. Thank you to all of them.

You can view all the photos from the evening on our Vaughan social platforms.  We’re already looking to Burns Night 2024!