There was a welcome and much applauded change to the running order this year for Open Weekend as the Junior School Open Day events on Friday were included in the programme. It was a superb day which started with an exciting Sports Day in the morning, followed by a delicious fish and chips lunch. History was made with the terrific Year Six outdoor performance of Macbeth at Round Square, before an opportunity to tour the Junior School. Parents and children then enjoyed some drinks in the glorious sunshine before the day was concluded with the fabulous Summer Concert featuring both Senior and Junior School musicians.
On Saturday the Senior School Open Day started with the inter-House Athletics competition. Conditions were near perfect for athletics, not the blue skies, sunshine and high temperatures we had been enjoying for the previous few days, but overcast, cool and dry with firm conditions underfoot. Competition was fierce and records tumbled in the junior races, some trophies were retained while others went to new winners. Both Junior competitions were won by just one point, the seniors by very close margins and it ended with a clean sweep in both junior and senior competitions for Round Square and Windmill Lodge. Well done to everyone who took part and dug deep to truly live up to the school motto - there is more in you - to all those members of staff who helped out and to the parents who were such enthusiastic and vociferous spectators.
After speeches in Chapel, parents were piped down the drive, past the ongoing First XI vs the Headmaster's XI cricket match on the North Lawn, to lunch in the refectory. After lunch they had the choice of heading up to Ogstoun Theatre for a drama and dance performance or going Back to School. Those who decided on the latter were able to participate in a typical lesson in Biology, IT and German with demonstrations from students as well as some hands-on experience.
As ever, the finale of the afternoon was the Year 13 Services Display and presentations on the South Lawn, to the backdrop of afternoon tea in the marquee with a jazz band accompaniment. This year parents were invited to take part in some activities to gain an insight into what the Services at Gordonstoun practice for and experience on a daily basis.