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Campbeltown Grammar School’s pupils’ achievements for the 2019/2020 session were recognised at a prize-giving ceremony with a difference before the October break.
The annual awards ceremony usually takes place in June but that was not possible this year as youngsters were educated from home, at the time, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Students have since returned to school but physical distancing measures remain in place which means it is impossible to invite family and friends to an awards ceremony, so it was recorded and shared online instead.
As he welcomed viewers to the virtual awards ceremony, head teacher David Fyfe said: ‘While the past few months have been difficult for all of us, it’s been heart-warming to see the human kindness and compassion that our community has shown. Our staff and students stepped up to the plate, to make sure that no one was left completely isolated and that learning continued, in some form, throughout the lockdown.
‘I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone again for all their hard work and dedication. It’s an honour and a privilege to lead Campbeltown Grammar and our school community and it’s my pleasure to open our awards ceremony.’
Mr Fyfe introduced the school’s new S3 captains – Aimee MacPhail, Amy Ross, Iona Renton, Calum Scott, Douglas Kenny and Niamh McSporran, who were selected as part of a new junior captain initiative, followed by the new senior vice captains – Lizzie Bell, Andreea Malai, Andrew McMillan, Melissa Chambers and Mary Thomson.
The school’s new captains, Brodie MacLaren and Richard Semple, were invited on stage to announce the excellent achievement award winners, followed by the school and endowed prizewinners.
Mr Fyfe concluded the ceremony by revealing that Caius Walker, the winner of the final three school and endowed prizes – for maths, physics and chemistry – was also the winner of the dux prize 2019 for outstanding achievement in scholarship.
Full list of award-winners: Excellent Achievement Awards: Art: Emma Matthew; Biology: Melissa Chambers; Computing: Caius Walker; Music: Caius Walker; Mathematics: Andrew McMillan; Music Technology: Lewis Spence; Physical Education: Keryn Graham; Health and Food Technology: Jenny Souden; Practical Cake Craft: Demi Martin; Spanish: Andreea Malai. School and Endowed Prizes: Judi Angus Memorial Prize for Art: Sonny Scott; May Paterson Prize for Administration: Alison Armour; Helen Hall Prize for Business Studies: Alison Armour; Richard Lee Memorial Prize for Computing: Andrew McMillan; School Prize for History: Andrew McMillan; Norma Deane Memorial Prize for Music: Andrew McMillan; Douglas Hill Prize for Creative Writing: Amy Lowrie; School Prize for Spanish: Amy Lowrie; School Prize for Health and Food Technology: Carla Cameron-Smith; Prize for Technology – Practical Cake Craft: Ellie McNair; School Prize for Biology: Brodie MacLaren; A & M Banks Memorial Prize for English: Mary Thomson; Alexander M Stevenson Memorial Prize for Geography: Mary Thomson; School Prize for Physical Education: Lauren MacKinnon; School Prize for Modern Studies: Beth MacPherson; School Prize for Music Technology: Alex Wotherspoon; School Prize for Graphic Communication: Ruairi Barbour; School Prize for Practical Woodwork Skills: Rhona Lee; School Prize for Engineering Science: Aaron McAlister; Hutcheon Prize for Mathematics: Caius Walker; Dr Gavin R Milne Memorial Prize for Physics: Caius Walker; Sir James Gulliver Prize for Chemistry: Caius Walker. Dux Prize 2019/2020 for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship: Caius Walker.