St Mungo’s High dux quotes Margaret Thatcher after achievement

St Mungo's High School annual prizegiving. Standing; Tony Bragg, team manager Children Services Falkirk Council; Stephen Phee, rectorand Father Andrew Garden. Seated; Caitlin Seath, Junior Proxime Accessit; Flora Scarabello, Senior Dux; Aiden Meikle Junior Dux and Jan Tomasik, Junior Proxime Accessit
St Mungo's High School annual prizegiving. Standing; Tony Bragg, team manager Children Services Falkirk Council; Stephen Phee, rectorand Father Andrew Garden. Seated; Caitlin Seath, Junior Proxime Accessit; Flora Scarabello, Senior Dux; Aiden Meikle Junior Dux and Jan Tomasik, Junior Proxime Accessit

From British junior canoe champions to choirs at the national conference for Catholic head teachers, it has been another successful year for St Mungo’s High School.

Rector Stephen Phee delivered his speech at last Thursday’s prizegiving ceremony and said how all students bring great credit to themselves, their parents and the school.

Firstly he expressed his joy at the increase in the number of fourth year pupils achieving five National 5s or better. The figure had risen from 37 per cent to 41 per cent in 12 months.

He said: “In fifth year the number of pupils achieving one Higher had increased from 48 per cent to 57 per cent.”

Mr Phee added the number of pupils with three Highers is the highest it has been in nine years, standing at 37 per cent.

The number of pupils with five Highers had doubled in two years to 17 per cent.

The rector also mentioned that a large number of pupils took a part in a wide range of competitions and the school now has champions in a number of fields.

He said: “At national level we have Peter Linksted, the under-14’s British junior champion in canoeing, Lewis and Harris Pentecost who came first and second in the under-16’s 800m and Euan Anderson gold winner at the Scottish Team Gym Championships.”

The rector also congratulated Mairin Savage who has been selected to be a member of the Scottish Disability Sport Swimming Team. As well as Aaron Paige and Alex Garfitt who won gold in the SDS National Swimming Championships.

Mr Phee was impressed to see that the school also has champions in football in both boys and girls teams, cross country and golf.

He thanked staff for their efforts in cultural events, including choirs, Christmas concerts, music festivals and the school show.

The parent council was then thanked for always giving the school its support and making decisions on school life.

The rector said: “The successes of our pupils are due in no small way to the dedication, passion and skill of our teachers and support staff. They help our pupils strive for excellence.”

Flora Scarabello was named senior dux at the prize-giving after the 17-year-old achieved an impressive six A’s in her exams.

Flora studied physics, chemistry, maths,English, Spanish and French and believes the work paid off. She said: “It was an awful lot of studying, like Margaret Thatcher said ‘I was not lucky, I deserved it’.

“I have always wanted the dux since first year and knew if I put the work in I would get it. I am over the moon.”

Her mum, Janet Stoddart (52), a care home manager, and her dad, Andreas Scarabello (45), a retired waiter, both attended the ceremony, along with 10 other family members. Both could not be prouder of their daughter.

Flora’s interests lie in the languages she learned, however, she said due to her argumentative nature, she wants to pursue a career in law. Living by her motto, if you don’t win then it isn’t over, she believes being locked in a courtroom battle of words is the place for her.

Flora was awarded a medal for her triumph and plans to sit it on her piano next to the one she received for being junior proxime accessit last year.