Housemother Blog: Laidlaw North
10th May, 2019
As we move through the months towards half-term, we are beginning to appreciate the longer days and lighter nights.
The Highland Ball, our first social of the year, took place with the girls from St.George’s as guests. The boys had a very enjoyable evening, with some showing particularly great enthusiasm and were excellent leaders of the reels.
The annual Cross Country event in March proved a success, with the Winter weather holding off. Even though it was very cold I’m sure the boys wouldn’t have noticed. Each of the boys are attached to four clans: Redford, Dreghorn, Pentland and Spylaw – and competition throughout the school was high. Charlie was our top finisher from Laidlaw North.
Once again the boys enjoyed cooking their own in-house breakfast. It includes a full cooked or continental breakfast, whichever they prefer. Unfortunately, there is rather a lot of cleaning and tidying up afterwards – but thank goodness for dishwashers!
In Laidlaw North there are a number of boys who are very talented in singing or playing a musical instrument. This term we have had a few outstanding performances across a number of competitions. Firstly, there was the Forbes Bowl and McLeod Cup held in February. Tommy played a movement of ‘Chopin’s Cello Sonata’ and Joram played a piece of music called ‘Ecossaise’ by Beethoven.
In March, we held a Lunchtime Concert of Contemporary Music. Hamish played ‘Blues for Joseph’ by Joseph Shirley on saxaphone. Kaixin, also on saxophone, played ‘Time after Time’ by composer Paul Desmond with Aidan on drums. All boys put on a thoroughly enjoyable performance.
Laidlaw North boys Hector, Josiah and Henry sang a beautiful rendition of ‘A Little Jazz Mass’ by composer Bob Chilcott, at The Choral Society Concert in McEwan Hall. An outstanding performance that was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.
The internal exam season is now complete for LVI, and the boys have now returned to their studies in preparation for their important final year. Unfortunately for UVI they are just beginning, so good luck to all involved as this can be a very stressful time – early nights with plenty of sleep!