November is Men’s Health Awareness Month and each year our senior boys take part in the worldwide phenomenon that is Movember. Our S5 and S6 boys as well as some male staff took up this challenge with gusto this year in an attempt to grow the best moustache. Aside from this already formidable challenge, the young men (and some of our lovely ladies) and staff chose from a number of gruelling activities such as running, walking, swimming and/or cycling 60km over the entire month and/or performing 60 pushups or situps every day to represent awareness for the 60 male suicides that occur every hour.
Our QVS community came to the party in raising awareness on this important topic and we were able to surpass our target donations of £250 by more than double! All proceeds went directly to the Movember Foundation. Well done to all the boys and men who participated and thank you to everyone who donated to this wonderful cause.
On the back of the Mustache growing, our senior monitor, Aidan Horsburgh, organised a fun-filled day of ‘Mo-Madness’ to raise more funds for the Movember Foundation. Activities included hoola-hoop marathons and limbo!
On Sunday, 14 November, the school held a moving Drumhead Remembrance Ceremony and Parade. This parade is one of the most important in the school’s calendar due to our links to the armed forces. After not being on parade for a good couple of months, our students truly did the QVS community, and their families, very proud. We welcomed Deputy Lord Lieutenant Robin Iffla MBD DL as our reviewing officer and he lay a wreath on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen. Anyone in the role of Lord-Lieutenant or Deputy is a representative of the Palace when on official business and it was an honour having him at our parade. It was also the first parade that our P7s were in attendance at and they kept a keen eye on the proceedings in preparation for their Rookies Parade which will be held in March. Thank you to all those who attended the parade and gave their support for our wonderful Victorians.
At 11h00 on Thursday, 11 November 2021, our school shared two minutes of silence in remembrance of those who have served our nation and lost their lives in doing so. Our Act of Remembrance was organised by School Sergeant Major, Mr David Stacey MBE and took place outside the front of the school at the flagpole. The end of our silence was marked by a beautiful lament played by our own, Robert Russell. Currently flanking the flagpole are our two Remembrance Trees which have been adorned with poppies and messages of remembrance by Mrs Hiddleston and her Trenchard Tuttees. We will be commemorating Remembrance Day further on Sunday with our annual Remembrance Day Parade. Parades such as this hold a special place in the heart of Victorians as all our pupils are sons and daughters of Armed Forces families. Did you know that the school was originally opened to house boys who lost their fathers in the South African Wars?
On Friday, the 29th of October, the school had a dress-down day where our pupils were able to show off their Halloween costumes. Our students showed wonderful creativity with costumes ranging from pirates, skeletons and blood-splattered zombies to a skeleton T-Rex Rider. The festivities continued into the evening with each of our senior boarding houses having their own Halloween socials filled with lots of fun and games, and our junior boarding house celebrating their social on Sunday. We hope that you had a Happy Halloween everyone!
A massive congratulations go to Mr Renwick and his hardworking team of Green-fingered Gardeners – The Allotmenteers – for their sterling efforts this year with their sustainability project.
The polytunnel and surrounding vegetable beds in the school grounds have yielded a fantastic selection of produce and we are all justifiably proud of their commitment and dedication to their crop!
Mr Renwick has been out this week already, delivering their freshly-harvested produce to local charity, Start-Up Stirling, which provides food for families who struggle across the Forth Valley.
Well done indeed to all of the gardening crew – they have certainly had a bumper first year and we look forward to even greater success as they continue to develop their produce across this next planting season.