The weather outside is frightful but that didn’t stop students clearing the lungs and blaring out some age old Christmas songs in the annual Interhouse sing-along. However, before Mr Cove could crack out the appalling jokes the Christmas assembly, organised by the Head Team, took place.

The theme of this year’s assembly was relationships following the course of the school charter. An emphasis was put the current refugee crisis (see my article on it here) and a message of tolerance and compassion was conveyed throughout the presentations. The head team were joined by David Scott, a member of anti-sectarianism charity Nil By Mouth. David gave us an anecdote about his wife’s friend and the struggles in Cambodia. This really got us thinking and hopefully stoked a sense of compassion within students.

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Following the theme of the charter focus this year – relationships – the first years created posters. The winners from each class and overall winner were announced by head boy Josh and were awarded with a prize for their efforts.

The head team’s presentation was broken up  by various musical acts such as the extremely talented duet from S5s Caitlin and Sarah, a wonderful rendition of I Believe in Father Christmas from Katie (S4) and a medley of Fairytale of New York and He’s a Pirate from PR and Press Committee members Joseph, Baird and myself.

Once the presentation was over, the singing began. Sadly, to accompany the singing was Mr Cove’s annual cringe-fest as he told some of the worst jokes you’ll ever hear, most of which were met with a grown from the packed hall. Ettrick started us off with an improvised timing rendition of Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody. Tweed then showed Ettrick how it was done with Shakin’ Stevens’ Merry Christmas Everyone. However, the saying ‘save the best to last’ really came into play today with Yarrow’s absolutely fantastic take on Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday. Headed up by the most enthusiastic sixth years, Yarrow blew the rest of the houses out the water with their performance (Is it obvious I’m Yarrow?). Yarrow took the win with Tweed coming in second and Ettrick’s dubious take on Merry Christmas Everybody held up the rear.

We can now conclude that Yarrow is the best house.