Jeppe High School for Boys hosted their annual Highland Gathering last weekend. The weekend is a highly anticipated one, not only by the Jeppe and Kensington community but also by the South African pipe band and highland dancing community.
The gathering has been rained out for the past two years and there were many prayers in the lead up to the weekend that the same wouldn’t happen again! The weather gods smiled upon the school on Saturday and Sunday, as the weather was perfect.
The Jeppe Pipe Band won both of their events in the Novice Juvenile section and were placed 1st overall in the Novice Juvenile section on the day. A fantastic achievement by the young band!
Saturday’s events culminated in the highly anticipated massed bands event, which saw a wonderful tribute to Eilidh MacLeod, a young piper who lost her life in the Manchester terrorist attack last year, the massed bands were led by the Jeppe Pipe Band in a stirring rendition of Amazing Grace.
On Sunday the solo competition was held and the Jeppe pipers and drummers played very well.Connor Holz was placed 1st in the junior and senior snare drumming and Jonathan Bosch, Gavin Dawson and Brett Harzon were placed in the top three in their respective piping competitions.
The weekend was a resounding success and the school has had a lot of positive feedback from the general public. We would like to thank the Pipe Band Patrons for the huge amount of hard work and dedication which went into making the weekend the success that it was. – Mr Damien Pitman