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Shakespeare 400

April 23 was the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Elgin Academy paid tribute to the Bard’s life and works.  All of S1 and S2 pupils designed a birthday card or wrote a birthday sonnet and these were entered into the library competition. These are on display in the library and all are fantastic. Well done to everyone who designed a card or wrote a sonnet.  Congratulations to our winner Urquhart Dyce in S1 and to runners-up Fergal Hinnigan in S2 and Patrick Strachan in S1. Our winning card was designed by Daniel Campbell, S2 and runners-up were Jacob Holder and Damla Tunc, S2. Highly Commended in the competition were, from S2: Branford Edgar, Matthew Hamilton, Martin Higgins, Eloise Dewis, Oliver Stalker and Nathan Urwin. From S1: Moya Cruden, Aimee Hendry, Rhys Nelson and Rory Stanley.

A special event in the library on Friday 22 April was the culmination of our week- long tribute to William Shakespeare and his works. Pupils performed speeches, monologues and poems and all wowed an enthusiastic audience. This event was opened by our own Queen Elizabeth 1 (Mrs Munro) who was very regal and performed her duties like a true monarch. Our judges were Mrs Ogg, Mr Valentine and S6 pupil Sophie Wink and Ms O’Reilly and Miss McNeil organised Elizabethan games for everyone.

The event also saw wonderful musical performances from Holly Carmichael and Rhiannon Smith in S6.  Prince Hamlet (Mr McWhirter) announced the winning performer, Hannah Smit in S6, with her outstanding performance as Helena from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Runners-up were Jacob Holder, Daniel Campbell and Matthew Hamilton in S2, with their witty interpretation of Act 1 Scene 1 in Romeo and Juliet.  Our celebrations ended with Prince Hamlet performing his own Alas poor Doric and the cutting of the special Shakespeare cake.