Our Christmas dances are one of the Highlights of the year at Kingussie High School. Build up to the dances starts weeks in advance when the PE Department modify their curriculum to include ‘Social Dance’ and we put on a couple of extra dance classes for both senior students and staff to remind them of some of the classic dance steps.
Decoration of the dance area is also a project in itself and this year Miss Katie Thompson (from the Art Department) and her Monday Lunchtime Art Club made some great new decorations and up-cycled a lot of old ones. This combined with hundreds of fairy lights, an inflatable snowman and the dressing of the school hall under the watchful eye of Mr Andy ‘Versace’ MacDonald and Mr Kenny ‘Gok Wan’ Reid simply transformed the hall.
Live music is an important feature of KHS School Dances and as has become tradition this year the music was provided by Tom Cruikshank and his band. Dances included some good old Scottish favourites such as Highland Scottische, Strip the Willow, Dashing White Sargent, Canadian Barn Dance and the evening finished with a St. Bernard’s Waltz followed by Auld Lang Syne.
Dances were called by Acting Head of PE Mr Scott Douglas, PE Teacher Miss Kirsty Deans and Head of Guidance MrKenny Deans. “I was really impressed with how well all the kids danced at both the junior and senior dance,” saidMr Douglas, “those extra dance classes have obviously paid off”.
Headteacher Mr Ollie Bray seemed delighted with the evening, “Our young people danced professionally, behaved appropriately and looked absolutely fabulous. They were a real credit to their parents and Kingussie High School. Dances like this are important to us, not only do they pull the whole school community together but also when pupils leave the school they often tell us that the ability to be able to get up and dance at a wedding or a ceilidh are some of the most valuable social skills that we have taught them.”
In between dances there was a break to give the band (and the dancers) a rest where pupils were able to have a buffet style snack.
“We have a truly committed staff here at KHS,” said Mr Bray, “some of them have given up three evenings in a row this week to support our students at dances and the Christmas Concert. I want to thank everyone who have been involved. The buzz of these Christmas events are just one of the things that makes KHS a very special place to work.”
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