A year Larbert High should be proud of

Guest Alan Bissett, Dux Greg James-Rae, proxime accessit Ross Cunningham and rector Jon Reid.
Guest Alan Bissett, Dux Greg James-Rae, proxime accessit Ross Cunningham and rector Jon Reid.

The many achievements of pupils at Larbert High School were marked at the annual prizegiving.

Rector Jon Reid praised the academic, sporting, charitable and community spirit youngsters have shown over the past 12 months.

Speaking in front of students, staff, parents and invited guests – including author Alan Bissett – he said: “Words cannot describe the feeling I have as I describe the achievements of our school over the last year – which have simply been extraordinary.”

He compared the teamwork that goes into organising the Olympic Games to the way every pupil at Larbert High had pulled together and contributed to make the session such an impressive one.

The outstanding exam results students achieved last year was highlighted, with the school getting the best results in the council area and ranking 31st for attainment in Scotland. More than 90 per cent of school leavers in 2010-11 went into higher education or employment and the individual achievements of pupils were touched upon.

Mr Reid also praised the community spirit at the school, adding: “As usual, the Larbert High community has demonstrated an awe-inspiring capacity to think of the needs of others within and far beyond our own community, demonstrating responsible citizenship in action.”

The link up with Woodlands School in South Africa, the work of pupils who went to The Gambia in June to help build a school, and the fundraising efforts of S6 student Jill Hendry were highlighted as reasons to be proud to attend Larbert High, alomng with the fantastic contribution to the arts pupils have made in the fields of music, dance and drama.

The rector concluded: “I want to thank everyone for their contribution to Larbert High, and my assessment would be ‘job well done’ to the staff, pupils and teachers.

‘‘For those leaving, look back with pride, face the future with courage, optimism and determination, and tell the world with honour that you are a member of the elite club that attended Larbert High School.”