DIY Christmas night success
Seasonal treats raise cash for school funds
Blairgowrie High School’s parent council held a very popular Christmas DIY night at the Beeches Road school last week.
Dozens of parents and friends of the school attended the event, which raised around £700 for the school.
Those who went along enjoyed a festive drink and nibbles and were able to try their hand at some festive floral arrangements under the expert guidance of award-winning florist Jillian Page from Something Special Flowers.
Many of those who attended also made a gingerbread house, decorated with sweets and wrapped to take away with them, while youngsters were able to decorate gingerbread biscuits.
There was also an opportunity to make upcycled Christmas decorations at the event.
Pupils from Blairgowrie High School’s choir entertained guests with a variety of Christmas carols and festive tunes.
There were a number of competitions at the event as well, with Lesley McDonald winning the hamper and Lesley Barton guessing the weight of the cake.
There was also a prize for the best Christmas outfit, which was won by 10-year-old Eva Barton, a pupil at Newhill Primary School.
Ailie Castle is chair of the parent council.
She said: “It was a fantastic night at the high school and a real team effort in terms of organising it all.
“On behalf of the committee I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along to make gingerbread houses and festive floral sprays.
“Huge thanks to Jillian Page at Something Special Flowers for her phenomenal input, to music teacher Mrs James and the school choir for providing the Christmas tunes, to Mr Dingwall for staying on and helping with the tidy up and to the janitor too.
“Thanks also to all the local businesses that helped with donations for the evening - the Co-op for the mince pies, Graham Environmental Services for the hot chocolate, and to Irvines, All Things Fair and Cornerstone Deli for the hamper items.
“Thanks to all the committee for their support and especially Gwen for her extraordinary catering skills.”
Jillian Page told the Blairie: “It was a great night, very successful and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
“I was delighted to be asked to be involved, people were very creative in their floral designs and it was lovely to be part of the school again as a member of the community.”
And one parent commented: “It was a really good night and I hope they do something similar again next year.”
Festive fun Scott and Louise Wightman with daughter Rowan (nine) at the event Prize Remy (7) and Max (11) McDonald with the Christmas hamper that mum Lesley won at the DIY night
Talented Shona Beattie (left) and Jennifer Lamond (right) made festive wreaths under the expert guidance of Jillian Page from Something Special Flowers (centre)
Creative Members of the parent council at craft tables one of the (from left) Kay McClement, chair Ailie and Lesley Castle, McDonald
Festive tunes Members of the school’s choir, with music teacher Mrs James, sang at the event
Winner Eva Barton (10) won the competition for the best Christmas outfit
Popular Everyone enjoyed having the opportunity to make their own festive floral arrangement