Former Glenalmond pupils’ yearly dinner

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More than 40 former Glenalmond pupils (OGs) and current parents met for the annual Old Glenalmond Borders Dinner on Friday in the Townhouse, Melrose.

Glenalmond Warden (Headmaster) Gordon Woods and his wife Emma were joined by Borders dinner secretary John Gordon and OGs, who attended the school from 1949 to as recently as 2012 and current parents.

All were treated to a delightful menu, including locally-caught salmon and beef.

Warden Woods, made his final speech at a Borders dinner, having announced that he will retire at the end of term in June this year, following 12 years at Glenalmond.

He said: “Emma and I are always very touched by the incredible welcome we receive in the Borders.

“Passion for the school remains high here and it is always a great pleasure to visit.”

Glenalmond College is a boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 12 to 18, situated in a rural 300-acre campus eight miles from Perth.

The pursuit of excellence, with every child encouraged to make the most of their academic abilities, is fundamental to the school’s commitment to its pupils and is demonstrated by the results achieved.

However, education at Glenalmond is designed to encompass all aspects of the individual, with academic work being balanced with an extensive range of creative, sporting, social and adventure activities.

Each child is encouraged to find the areas in which they shine.

Some of the activities on offer include participation in pipe bands, choir, dramatic productions and art and design shows.

Sports includes rugby, hockey, lacrosse, cross-country, sailing and horse riding.

Many pupils gain their gold and silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and there is a thriving Combined Cadet Force.

All Glenalmond pupils work with local charities and in the community.