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The Lorne and Lowland church was packed with proud parents and teachers to see Campbeltown Grammar School’s star pupils pick up awards.
The annual prize-giving ceremony took place just a few days before the end of the school term, to reward the children whose effort and attainment throughout the year has been exemplary.
Kintyre Schools Pipe Band opened the evening before school captain, Leah McGuigan, and vice captain, Nicola Wareham, gave a welcoming introduction, before the school’s rector, Ms Catriona A Hood, gave her rector’s address.
She paid tribute to the service of her colleagues who are leaving Campbeltown Grammar School – three for pastures new, modern languages teacher, Julien Dessans, music teacher Rachel Henry and history teacher, Clare Bell, who has come to the end of her probationary year, and two teaching stalwarts, geography teacher Elizabeth Casey and Alison Millar, head of guidance and former PE teacher, who will retire.
Before passing on to the guest of honour, Ms Hood added: ‘Our new school will be completed early next year and it may be that it is from there that we welcome you to prize-giving next year!
‘I am pleased for the pupils here tonight that you will have the experience of new uniform and new school. When you think of the very special building growing beside us, remember that this is for you, for your future, for your education in the richest sense of the word and for your children.’
The event’s guest of honour, Trish Collins, who has recently retired following 30 years as a police officer, offered an inspirational speech, urging the pupils not to stress about their futures and encouraging them to be kind to one another.
Ms Collins said: ‘Some of you will have the next few years figured out with college and university courses. Others will have secured employment or apprenticeships. Some of you will not yet have figured out where life is going to take you. That’s fine, don’t stress, it will come to you.’
She added: ‘You will have many twists and turns in life. Face your fears, it’s ok to be afraid… but do it anyway!
‘I held myself back in my job through fear of public speaking. When I managed to overcome it, I found myself in a job I loved, by pushing through that fear – I’m still not very good at it as you can see!’
The pupils’ reports on the evening included an insight into the work of CGS4Gambia, the Tenner Challange and the Battle of Arras commemorations, after which Amy Paterson on fiddle, Finlay Gilchrist on acoustic guitar and Darren Brown on percussion performed a set of traditional Scottish tunes.
Many prizes were handed out on the evening, including the Points Ahead house championship and the overall sports championship which were both awarded to Bengullion, as well as the main prize for outstanding achievement in scholarship, the Dux prize, which went to Neil Littleson.
For the full list of results, see next week’s Courier.