Staff, pupils and parents gathered in Grangemouth High School last week to celebrate another great year of achievement.
Head teacher Paul Dunn addressed a packed audience at the Tinto Drive school’s annual prize giving ceremony and told parents how proud he was of his pupils.
He said: “Throughout this session our pupils have delivered success across such a wide range of areas – in the academic, sporting and the arts. On the sporting front our reputation as a small school punching well above its weight saw successes in badminton, football, swimming, cross country and athletics.
“We also excelled in the performing and creative arts and we will be expanding our music department to develop an ICT suite to increase the range on offer to our pupils and keep up with their emerging talents.”
The school’s ongoing commitment to make a positive difference to the local community was also highlighted, as well as the pupils’ many educational and cultural activities away from the school.
Mr Dunn said: “This session we sent a collection of books to Kenya after our library’s Africa Week celebrations and raised over £1000 for Comic Relief and substantial sums for the Buskit Organization.
“Once again Buskit will be taking a number of pupils to Belarus to carry out a range of charitable acts in support of communities blighted by the after effects of the Chernobyl disaster.
“Our commitment to ‘get out there’ and deliver a wide range of outdoor learning opportunities for our pupils meant there have been more than 50 trips this session, including a music excursion to London, theatre visits, sporting days, a visit to Strasbourg, and a host of academic and outdoor activities. This will continue next session with trips to New York and a Tall Ships Activity already planned.”
The strong work ethic promoted by school, coupled with her academic skill, helped Molly Little (17) earn the title of School Dux for 2014/15.
Speaking before the awards, she said: “I was really surprised - I was quite happy with my results but there are lots of people in the school who are really strong academically.”
The school awards were a double celebration for Molly, who celebrated her birthday the day before the prize giving. Going into her sixth year, Molly’s favourite subject is English and she has a conditional place at Glasgow University to study law and literature.
“I maybe want to be a solicitor and I’m interested in family law and criminal law.”
The race for Dux was a close-run thing this year, with six people in the picture to receive the top honour.
Proxime Accessit Mark Adams (16), also going into sixth year, is keeping his options open as far as life after Grangemouth High is concerned.
He said: “I would like to go to university but I really don’t know what to do yet.”
Music is Mark’s favourite subject and he is a talented drummer and bass player.
“I like old fashioned rock music, none of this modern stuff,” he said. “I would like to have some kind of career in music.”
Speaking of music, the school soul band entertained the audience at the prize giving with some ‘Uptown Funk’, while star pianist Joy Smith and the senior vocal group also displayed their abilities.
The awards themselves were presented by guest speaker for the evening, chief executive of teaching regulatory body GTC Scotland Ken Muir.
Mr Dunn ended his speech with news about some big changes at the school next term.
He said: “After the summer we will have as many as 15 new members of staff coming to the school, replacing staff who have shown huge levels of commitment to our school community over the years and have helped establish the culture we cherish.
“I would ask we also recognise the work of depute head Lynn Black who is leaving to take over as head teacher at Beeslack High School in Midlothian.”