High school pupils also have a lot to be proud of in a year dominated by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the forthcoming London Olympics.
While HRH Queen Elizabeth continues to provide a prime example to youngsters of how to conduct yourself with dignity - something she has done over her entire 60-year reign - it was the Olympian ideal which Grangemouth High School head teacher Lyn Brown looked to when praising the efforts of her pupils over the last term.
Addressing the school at its recent awards ceremony, she said: “Those values of respect, excellence and friendship chime so well with our own school aims and with the ethos of the school and this is an opportunity to celebrate these values.
“Respect and friendship lie at the very heart of this school and are evident in the genuinely warm relationships between staff and pupils, in our relationships with parents, and in the many successful partnerships that we have within the community.
“The pupils who are here this evening, and those who were presented with their certificates at House assemblies, have all achieved excellence in some way, and whether it is academic or sporting excellence, or personal achievement, it is right and proper we recognise their commitment, their positive attitude, and their hard work.”
Mrs Brown stated it was important to never give up - another Olympian trait - when it comes to achieving goals, whatever they may be. She also highlighted the importance of team work and preparing for the “real world” of work and adulthood.
Over the term both pupils and staff, parents and pals raised well over £5000 for various charities and supported a wide range of extra curricular activities including everything from sporting events to dance showcases.
The head teacher took the opportunity to bid farewell to school leavers - who included retiring teachers Elaine Strang and Gordon Smith - and wished them well for the future.
To returning pupils, she said: “I am immensely proud of you, and I hope you will continue to value your education and to demonstrate a positive attitude.”