Campbeltown Grammar School’s new captains and ambassadors

Back row, from left: Caryn Kerr, Astrid MacLellan, Euan Dott, Kyle Paterson, Jane Scott and Caitlin Russell. Front: Beth MacPherson, Erin Soudan, Heather Millar and Beth Bannatyne.
Back row, from left: Caryn Kerr, Astrid MacLellan, Euan Dott, Kyle Paterson, Jane Scott and Caitlin Russell. Front: Beth MacPherson, Erin Soudan, Heather Millar and Beth Bannatyne. 50_c36cgsfrontpic01

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After an ‘intense’ application process involving one-to-one interviews with senior management and slideshow presentations on how they would perform their roles, Campbeltown Grammar School has appointed its school captains, sports captains and sportscotland Young Ambassadors for the 2021/22 session.

They are: Captains: Euan Dott and Jennifer McMurchy; vice captains: Erin Soudan and Beth MacPherson; sports captains, two per school house: Bengullion: Astrid MacLellan and Caitlin Russell; Kilbrannan: Heather Millar and Jennifer McMurchy; Knockscalbert: Beth Bannatyne and Caryn Kerr; sportscotland Young Ambassadors: Jane Scott and Kyle Paterson.

As well as representing their school, acting as role models for younger students and making sure their voices are heard, these S6 students will work with senior management to drive forward improvements in the school.

Acting headteacher Sam Stewart said: ‘I am incredibly proud to announce the school captains and vice captains for this session.

‘I am so looking forward to working with all young people within these leadership roles as they play a significant part in the life and work of the school.’

The Courier met with the newly appointed pupils – apart from Jennifer McMurchy, who was absent – so they could tell us, in their own words, about their roles and what they hope to achieve in them.

School captains and vice captains

School captain Euan Dott, centre, with vice captains Beth MacPherson, left, and Erin Soudan. 
School captain Euan Dott, centre, with vice captains Beth MacPherson, left, and Erin Soudan.

Euan Dott: I want to make the school more like what the pupils really want, what it used to be like, a friendly environment where everyone is able to learn.

Erin Soudan: I want to regain the ethos that we had at the school before Covid. It hasn’t been the best environment for the pupils, and teachers as well, and I want to get it back to being somewhere we want to come.

Beth MacPherson: I want to help find that link between the senior school and the junior school that’s kind of been lost in the last few years, with moving to the new building and things, and try and help embrace the teamwork that should come from the entire building.

School and sports captain Jennifer McMurchy.
School and sports captain Jennifer McMurchy was absent during the Courier’s visit.

Sports captains

Sports captains, from left: Astrid MacLellan, Caryn Kerr, Caitlin Russell, Heather Millar and Beth Bannatyne.
Sports captains, from left: Astrid MacLellan, Caryn Kerr, Caitlin Russell, Heather Millar and Beth Bannatyne.

Caitlin Russell: As sports captains, we help out during our free periods at school so we might volunteer to help with PE classes, which lets us get to know the younger pupils. In our role, we try to encourage younger pupils to get involved with sports again, especially after Covid. We don’t know a lot of the S1s so sports is a good way for them to mix and get to know us and each other which is why clubs are really important.

Astrid MacLellan: As we were in lockdown, a lot of the new S1s haven’t had a chance to mix with each other so with the new clubs starting, it’s a really good opportunity for them to get new friends.

Heather Millar: We’d like to get more people interested in sports and different sports, to try to get them into new things and keep everybody active while meeting new people.

Beth Bannatyne: We are going to try to start up some more clubs, some at lunchtimes, as well as our after-school clubs like badminton, rugby and inter-house like football and hockey.

Caryn Kerr: It’s really good to be in the role of sports captain because a lot of us did the young sports leader’s course in PE last year; so it’s nice helping out at sports clubs because we’re able to use what we learned in our sports leader’s course. It helps get everyone involved so everyone can have a good time doing a sport they enjoy.

sportscotland Young Ambassadors

sportscotland Young Ambassadors Kyle Paterson and Jane Scott.
sportscotland Young Ambassadors Kyle Paterson and Jane Scott.

Kyle Paterson: We want to promote the school’s sports clubs because there are a lot, and the facilities are brilliant. When you get more folk going to the clubs, everyone will enjoy them more because they’ll be more competitive, which is good, especially with inter-house competitions because you can win points for your house.

Jane Scott: As a sports ambassador, I want to promote all the amazing facilities we have at the grammar school and encourage as many pupils to join in with sports. Coronavirus and lockdowns have shown how important physical activity is for our mental and physical health so we want to get as many people as we can back into sport and back into physical activity.