It was fitting Grangemouth High School’s in-house soul band launched into a soaring version of ‘Higher and Higher’ at this year’s awards ceremony.
The song certainly describes the trend of upward success the school has enjoyed year on year when it comes to academic, sporting and artistic achievement.
Last month’s awards evening featured another high achiever in the form of special guest Steve Frew, a Commonwealth gold medal winner and former Grangemouth High pupil, who delivered some inspirational words on the eve of Glasgow 2014.
Head teacher Paul Dunn, unfortunately unable to attend the event, had plenty of praise to heap on pupils beforehand.
He said: “Throughout this session our pupils have delivered success across a wide range of areas. On the sporting front our reputation as a small school punching well above its weight saw success in badminton, football, swimming, cross country and athletics.
“In the performing and creative arts we continue to excel with our school bands in demand across the council area and our vocal groups performing with style at both local and national events.
“The work of our humanities pupils saw them secure the Anne Frank Exhibition and deliver a poignant Remembrance Assembly to the Provost of Falkirk and Mayor of Contalmaison – a French village defended by men from Grangemouth in the First World War.
“In addition to this continued commitment to remember the debt we owe to others, this coming session pupils will make a centenary trip to the battlefields of France and Belgium.
“Our commitment to get out there and deliver a wide range outside learning opportunities to our pupils continues. This session our pupils have undertaken more than fifty excursions ranging from music trips to London, theatre visits, sporting events and a host of academic and outdoor activities.
“Our pupils have met Vince Cerf, the creator of Google, and made a poignant trip to the Beatson Oncology Unit to view the amazing work undertaken there.”
Mr Dunn also highlighted the school’s magnificent seven nominations for the Falkirk Council Learning to Achieve Awards, the S2 Go4Set Group, supported by Syngenta, being named regional science and engineering champions, the Bella Moda group of pupils capturing the Most Innovative Business Award and the school giving another excellent Mathletics performance.
“All the pupils at this year’s awards have earned their moment in the spotlight and they need to know the school community are so proud of them,” said Mr Dunn.