Our Pipes & Drums are just back from another thoroughly enjoyable and highly successful trip to Japan.
23 pupils and five staff departed from Edinburgh Airport on Sunday 24 April for the band's fourteenth Japanese trip. Everyone was also delighted that our Principal immersed himself in pipe band life as part of his own educational tour of the Far East.
Particular highlights of the trip included playing at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the Global Arena of the Sanix World Youth Rugby Invitational Tournament; spending a day in a Japanese classroom; performing a sell-out concert in the Munakata Yurix Centre; visiting and performing at a porcelain festival in Arita; performing a joint concert with a school band at Moji Port and having an overnight stay with a Japanese family.
The most moving part of the trip was performing in Kumamoto for the displaced earthquake victims in local schools which had been converted into temporary shelters. The kindness shown by the Japanese people was once again, second to none.
Our pupils were a credit to themselves, their parents and the School.