Pupils at Denny High have channelled the spirit of the Olympics into a year of hard work and progress for the school.
Rector Stephen Miller addressed pupils, staff and parents at the annual end of term prizegiving ceremony last Thursday.
He talked of the importance of positive relationships between people of different generations, finding harmony among the differing skills and abilities of individuals and valuing those with different outlooks on life than our own.
In his speech, Mr Miller said: “One of the most difficult things I have to do each year is what you are listening to right now. Like many others in the hall today, it’s not the actual talking that I find difficult. The difficulty comes in summing up a whole year of the life of a great school like Denny High in only a few minutes.
“In 29 days, seven hours, 50 minutes and a few seconds, athletes from around the world will gather in London to begin the most difficult tests of their lives.
“The Olympic Games as we know them was conceived by a Frenchman called Baron de Coubertin.
“The Games stemmed from what Coubertin observed not only during a study of ancient Greece but also of contemporary British schools. His ideas came together in what he was later to call the triple unity.
“I think we can safely say we’ve earned Baron de Coubertin’s Triple Unity Olympic Gold Medal. We function well as a community. We also perform well across a wide range of academic, cultural and sporting achievements. And we value the uniqueness of others along the way.”
Mr Miller went on to thank members of the school’s Parent Council and Parent Teacher Association, which he described as “highly effective”.
He also paid tribute to the five members of school staff who had decided to retire. He noted that Mrs McLeish, Mrs Craig, Mrs Little, Mrs Duncan and Mr McCorkindale had served Denny High for a combined total of 106 years.
The rector concluded his speech by addressing those pupils leaving the school, saying: “Whatever the future holds for you, I hope you feel well prepared by this school to face, meet and conquer the challenges and exciting opportunities which are now before you in a way that was simply unimaginable for those of us who have had the privilege of teaching you.”