50 Anniversary News

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Kenny Walker remembers

Kenny Walker

Myself (Kenny Walker), my younger sister (Karen), and older brother (Gordon or sometimes Raymie), all attended Liberton in the early, middle 1970s and although time has fogged a lot of things, my memories of Liberton are genuinely pleasant ones.
Teachers remembered are, Mr. Dawn who taught Geography down at The Annexe, Mr. Ingles (or Puff as he was known then), Mr. White (PE), Mr. Birse (RE), Mr. Pia (History, Mr. Adams (Music) and Mr. Phillips (Headmaster).

Gordon Walker

Karen Walker

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Burn Supper

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne (Robert Burns)

On Friday 30 January 150 performers and guests at Liberton high School celebrated the 250 anniversary of the bard's birth. This event was also part of the school's 50 anniversary. The entire event was superbly organised by Mrs Norah Watson, our Principal Teacher of HE.

The evening followed the traditional format of a Burns supper. First we were treated to a lovely supper consisting of Haggis, neeps and tatties. The food was all produced by our HE department and S4 pupils and was served by senior pupils. We are grateful to the Witchery restaurant for taking the time to train senior pupils in waiting. Following the supper, the Immortal Memory was brilliantly delivered by Dick Staite, former headteacher at Beeslack High school. Dick served as an Assistant Head Teacher at Liberton High in the days when Henry Phillip was Headteacher. Following Dick's presentation, we had contributions from various performers. The order of events was:

• Joanna Greig (Welcome)
• Joyce Lochrie (Grace)
• Chris Saddler (Piper)
• David Russell (Address to the Haggis)
• Julia Lawson and Joanna Greig (Dancing)
• Dick Staite (Immortal memory)
• Eleanor Graham (Singing of ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’)
• Mark O'Neill (Toast to the Lassies)
• Rachel McDade (Reply from the Lassies)
• Ian McBain (Singing of ‘Ae fond kiss’)
• Cathy Ritchie (Tam O'Shanter)
• Sheila Kennedy (Kate O'Shanter)
• Joe Walker (Holy Willie's Prayer)
• Alison Steel and Alison Thayne (Singing of 'Coming through the rye')
• Rosy Fraser (Mouth Organ) accompanied by Donald MacIntosh and
• David Donoghue (Vote of thanks).

The master of ceremonies for the evening was the hugely entertaining and witty Iain Hutchison.

All in all, this was a hugely enjoyable and successful evening. Enormous thanks are due to our HE department and pupils, especially Norah Watson who has been superhuman in her efforts to stage such a stunning evening.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Tea party for retired staff

This event was a great success with around 30 former staff in attendance. It was great to see so many former colleagues and all looking so well!

Friday, 28 November 2008


Tonights ceilidh has been cancelled.
This is due to a lack of interest with less than one third of the available tickets being sold.

Friday, 14 November 2008


Ceilidh tickets are on sale NOW

Dance the night away on Friday 28th November from 7.30 until midnightl. Help us to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary and St Andrews night. Tickets are only £8.00 and are available from the school. Everyone welcome.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Ceilidh 28th November 2008

50th anniversary Ceilidh is being held in the school on 28th November. Tickets are on sale now priced at a very modest £8 each. Send a stamped addressed envelope with your cheque for the number of tickets you wish to: 'Admin' at Liberton High School, 328 Gilmerton Road, Edinburgh EH17 7PT.
First Course Restaurants are supplying the food for the evening and it will be the BEST OF SCOTS FARE.

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Proposed Events for our Anniversary year

This is a summary of what we have planned for the coming year. We hope to see as many people as possible at these events.

Open Day 23 August - very successful. Over 300 people in attendance

Book Week (Celebrating 50 years) October

X Factor Thursday 16 October

Ceilidh November

Christmas Carol Concert December

Retired Teachers Tea Party December

Burns Supper January 2009

Race Night February 2009

Fame Academy March 2009

Sponsored Abseil (possibly from Forth Bridge tbc) April 2009

Reception in City Chambers May 2009

Other possibilities to include:
  • BBQ June
  • Summer Fair
  • Prizegiving
  • Activities Week
  • Sports day

For more details contact fiftieth.anniversary@liberton.edin.sch.uk