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International Burns Night 2024

Our legendary International 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 the 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, including Teacher of Classics, Ms Johnson, who recited 'A Red, Red Rose' and Sixth Form pupil, Tadhg F who read 'My Heart’s in the Highlands' both by Robert Burns. In addition, Vaughan Alumna, Elizabeth Uwalaka shared some of her own poetry and music. And thanks to Parent Governor, Veronique Foucault, for sharing some thoughtful French poetry. 
Thanks too, to former Vaughan parent Mrs Outtrim who played bagpipes for guests on arrival and throughout the event, Mr Stewart, Foundation Governor 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 parents Ms ScullyMs O’SheaMs Giblin, Ms Healy and Ms Ybarra for the beautiful decorations. Many other parents also generously donated gifts for the raffle which helped raise funds on the night.

We are delighted to announce that on the evening, after expenses we raised almost £3,500 for the Vaughan Association. Thank you to all who attended and made the event a tremendous success and to our Sixth Form helpers who supported on the evening.