ATTENDING his first prize-giving ceremony as head teacher of Strathaven Academy, Stuart Nicolson told those present it had been a really enjoyable few months and he looked forward to leading the school in the years ahead.
And he expressed his gratitude to staff, pupils and parents for their unstinting support since he took charge of the school in December last year.
Depute head teacher Mr James Ritchie chaired the senior school awards ceremony where the keynote address was given by South Lanarkshire Council executive director of education Larry Forde.
Entertainment was provided by the school’s senior band and pupils Rachel Leslie, Heather Lynn, Eilidh Rankin and Katie Rankin.
The vote of thanks was given by the school dux, Susan Danskin.
Mr Ritchie also chaired the junior prizegiving with depute head teacher Mrs Clare Martis giving the annual report. The awards were presented by physical education teacher Mrs Avril McAulay and principal teacher of biology Miss Marjory Rodger.
Entertainment was provided by the junior school band, the Pop Band and on tenor saxophone, pupil Cameron Angus.
Mr Nicolson gave the vote of thanks.
Award winners were:
First year certificates
Jamie Allan, Sarah Bassett, Stuart Bell, Chloe Bell, Cara Bennie, Sam Connery, Rebecca Coulter, Kyra Gemmell, Mia Jamieson, Scott Jamieson, Kris Johnston, Emma Kennedy, Shona Laird, Holly Lambert, Lauren Martin, Eve Maxwell, Ben McAuley, Jena McClelland, Amy McIntyre, Ruth McLean, Christopher Meechan, Lauren Meikle, Gregor Mitchell, Isla Mitchell, David Morgan, Joshua Morris, Cara Noon, Rachel Paul, Kirsty Rae, Shannon Ramsay, Lauren Reid, Molly Richmond, Amber Ross, Logan Scott, Eilidh Stewart, Calum Stewart, Aimee Sutherland, Craig Thomson, Emma Warnock, James Westland, Sarah Whitelaw and Morgan Woods.
Calum Barrett, Heather Blackie, Jessica Brogan, Abigail Campbell, Georgia Carlin, David Colquhoun, Kyle Dixon, Brandon Donnelly, Sophie Dorricott, Harrison Ewart, Emily Ferguson, Craig Fleming, Leah Higgins, Amy Hotchkiss, Emily Jardine, Gregor Lamb, Emma MacDonald, Joe MacGregor, Rachel MacIver, Robbie Martin, Lucy McGuinness, Courtney McKenna, Sophie Meek, Mairi Anne Mitchell, Lauren Neely, Grace Osborne, Sam Park, Beth Ritchie, Karla Sinclair, Sarah Tait, Katie White and Lewis Whitters.
Second year certificates
Cara Alexander, Samantha Alexander, Cameron Angus, Nicky Barr-Keenan, Agnes Britton, Mathew Campbell, Heather Coull, Rebecca Cowie, Lucy Fleming, Emily Franklin, Alison Fyfe, Jenni Higgins, Jamie Kennedy, Eilidh Kerr, Sam Kirk, Erin Kyle, Fiona MacKenzie, Kyle Martin, Rachel McGowan, Freya McWee, Henry Memmott, Abigail Miller, Fraser Mossman, Gemma Paterson, Hannah Paterson, Amy Poulton, Callum Robertson, Kirsten Sawers, Laura Shaw, Adam Stevenson, Greg Templeton, Charlotte Thomson and Ross Wilson.
Rebecca Brown, Rachel Chambers, Andrew Cochrane, Marco Cocozza, Georgia Copeland, Eilidh Cunningham, Beth Grant, Aaron Hagan, Suzanna Hamilton, Iona Hatcher, Shaun Islam, Zoe Johnstone, Natasha Kennedy, David Love, Rory MacDonald, William Mann, Kate McCarron, Callum McQuade, Abigail Miller, Joanne Moreland, Beth Murray, Jonathan Rillie, Greg Sargaison, Isla Sawers, Katie Scott, Niamh Shannon, Nicole Sleeman, Katie Smith, Marc Tannock, Jennifer Tierney, Amy Warren, Amy Whiteford and Scott J Wilson.
Third year certificates
Osama Abou-Zeid, Katie Anderson, Fraser Beattie, Adam Brown, Ruth Brown, Luke Carson, Luke Clare, James Hamilton, Dora Hamilton, Tom Harley, Amanda Holden, Nicola Lambie, Stefan Law, Scott Learmonth, Iain Lennox, Nicole Lewis, Ben MacDonald, Mairi MacIver, Cara MacLeay, Bradley McCallion, Sally Morrison, Peter Osborne, Rebecca Robertson, Niall Sargaison, Hayley Sloan, Louis Small, Claire Stewart, Lauren Straine and Iain Wright.
Stuart Allison, Naimh Barclay, Ellie Bryce, Emilio Cocozza, Islay Crawley, Liam Cringan, Lisa Currie, Euan Cutting, Gillian Field, Lucy Flight, Alisha Gemmell, Laura Gray, Chloe Houston, Robbie Loudon, Hannah MacLean, Sarah Macrae, Alastair McCallum, Mitchell McJannett, Holly Naismith, Kirstie Paterson, Sam Rogers, Andrew Rowley, Eddie Stewart, Alasdair Stewart, Naomi Stobo, Stewart Storrar, Jill Struthers, Benedict Swan, Beth Ward and Gary Wilson.
Excellence in sport: swimming – Lisa Currie; netball, S2/3 Player of the Season – Eilidh Cunningham; S1 Player of the Year – Kyra Gemmell; S2/3 Most Improved Player – Heather Crook; Most Improved Player – Chloe Bell.
South Lanarkshire Schools’ S1 Netball – team represented by Lauren Reid.
Junior Citizenship Award – Rachel Paul and Kian Williams.
SLC Athletics: gold medal 200m – Sarah Bassett; silver medal discus – Bobbie White; bronze medal 1500m – Andrew Reid; bronze medal discus – Thomas Donald.
Winner South Lanarkshire Schools’ Golf Medal – Molly Richmond.
Winner South Lanarkshire Schools’ Golf Festival – Ellie Bryce.
Junior Young Musician of the Year – Cameron Angus.
Rankin Parish Church Prize for RME Project – Ross Wilson.
Abbeyfield Trophy for Visual Arts – Hollie Stewart.
Highly Commended in National Focus Environment Photography Competition – Lauren Reid.
Commended in SLC Junior Photographic Competition – Sarah Macrae.
S1 Art and Design Project – 1, Kiera Mackie; 2, Bronja Milicevic; 3, Jena McClelland.
G04 Set Silver Crest Award – team represented by Henry Memmott.
The Morgan Sindall Lanarkshire Schools’ Bowl for Rugby – team represented by Sam Connery.
Head Teacher’s Award – Katy Dempster.
Fourth year certificates
Rhona Anderson, Ellie Bather, Gordon Cant, Duncan Coull, Michael Evans, Katie Flight, Calum Forbes, Caitlin Ford, Emma Gilliland, Natalie Hotchkiss, Ellen Jackson, Anna Kennedy, Catherine Lambie, Emma Lewis, Kyle Marshall, Hannah Martin, Rachel McIntyre, Alex Meikle, Craig Paterson, Eleanor Porte, Sarah Rowan, Rachel Slater, Rebecca Sleeman, Hannah Stobo, Ben Wilson and Calum Young.
Outstanding Performance in Higher Music (accelerated presentation) – Heather Lynn.
Amna Bhatti, Hannah Bowey, Russell Brown, Chloe Bushell, Fiona Callan, Emma Crawford, Ciera Davidson, Laura Ferguson, Bethany Hatcher, Katie Hulme, Heather Lynn, Sam MacGregor, Lauren McArthur, Dervla McCormick, Kyle McCutcheon, Blair Munton, Megan Murphy, Kelly Murray, Kate Rankin, Hollie Scullion, Laura Sneddon, Fiona Steele, Calum Sterritt, Amanda Teape, Jamie Lee Tedford and Gavin Templeton.
Hannah Bowey, Russell Brown, Michael Evans, Katie Flight, Caitlin Ford, Anna Kennedy, Alex Meikle, Kate Rankin, Tom Reid and Johanna Wedgwood.
Aqsa Ali, Kirsty Brown, Claire Connelly, Iain Crawford, Sophie Dalziel, Samantha Donaldson, Timothy Forbes, Chiara Foster, Kirstin Gillespie, Calum Grant, Caroline Hamilton, Rachael Jeacocke, Eilidh Johnson, Matteas Law, Hazel McJannett, Alexandra Meldrum, Eilidh Mitchell, Laura Mitchell, Rebekah Moreland, John Osborne, Kirsty Neill, Beth Poulton, Victoria Reid, Roslyn Smith, Alison Stewart, Riah Stobo, Katie Summers, Angus Wilson and Chloe Yuill.
Aqsa Ali, Andrew Brodie, Kirsten Brogan, Nat Coe, Esha Cruickshank, Sophie Dalziel, Robyn Dawson, Lewis Douglas, Lynn Ferguson, Eilidh Forbes, Stuart Gibb, Nicholas Hamilton, Jamie MacLean, Gemma Maider, Robin Marshall, Tierney McCulloch, David Morrell, Katy Morrison, Kirsty Neill, Ross Paterson, Calum Rabone, Eilidh Rankin, Victoria Reid, Grant Stewart, Naomi Watt, Angus Wilson and Astral Zaman.
Susan Danskin – first in English (Fleming Downie Award), first in maths, first in biology (Woodley Trophy), first in French.
Kathryn Johnson – first in history (Norman Nicol Prize), third in English.
Ryan Kirk – first in chemistry (Steele Trophy), first in computing.
Gregor Robertson – first in physics.
Joe Lever – second in mathematics.
Rachel Barr-Keenan – second in English.
Ross Paterson – first in music.
Misako Elliot – first in art and design.
Esther McBride – first in graphic communication.
Victoria Ferguson – first in modern studies (Thomas Semple Memorial).
Emerald Moody – first in accounting and finance.
Lynsey Brown – first in administration (Amy Robin Memorial Prize).
Rachel Leslie – first in home economics, health and food technology.
Robert Fort – first in geography (George Stewart Memorial).
Calum Irvine – first in physical education.
Andrew Brodie – first in psychology.
Abbie Cassidy – first in product design.
Advanced Higher Awards
Sophie Potter – art and design; Katy Morrison – biology, chemistry; Eilidh Forbes – English; Andrew Brodie – French; Jill Naismith – mathematics; Scott Postlethwaite – computing, physics; Robin Marshall – graphic communication; Naomi Dobson – music.
Intermediate 2 Awards
Euan McWee – art and design; Craig Grieve – English; Murray Angus – administration; Kathleen Barrett-Gostelow and Calum Irvine – biology; Lewis McNiven – computing; Tom Baxter – French; Rebecca MacDonald – mathematics; Charlie Craig – practical craft skills; Amy Laird-Robertson – product design; Fraser Porte – Spanish.
School captains: captains – Andrew Brodie and Eilidh Rankin; vice-captains – Alpha Arakaza and Katy Morrison.
Duke of Edinburgh Award: bronze – Hazel McJannett, Tom Reid and Rhys Turner-Horne; silver – Kirsty Brown, Rebekah Moreland, Neil McCallum and Victoria Reid.
Excellence in sport: swimming – Kim Figgins.
Scottish Lifesaving Championships Gold Award – Lauren Wright.
Perfect attendance S1-S6 – Neil McCallum.
SLC Athletics: silver medal discus – Kate Rankin.
Excellence in Visual Art, Photography and Design – Eilidh Mitchell.
Highly Commended in the National Photoarch Competition – Nicholas Hamilton and Murray Angus.
Highly Commended in the National Focus Environment Photography Competition – Ellen Jackson.
Rotary Club of Strathaven Speechmaking Competition – Kirstin Waddell.
Allan Gregory Memorial Trophy for Excellence in Percussion – Murray Angus.
Senior Young Musician of the Year – Heather Lynn.
Ian Thomson Trophy for Outstanding Progress in Musical Performance – Heather Lynn.
Interhouse Trophy (Strathaven Expo) – Dungavel (Stewart Sinnamon and Sophie Dalziel).
Rotary Design and Innovation awards: junior – Euan Brown; senior – Robin Marshall.
Excellence in Design – Robin Marshall.
Adam’s Community Trust Community Service Award – Gemma Loudon and Emma Warnock.
McCabe Science Trophy for Excellence in Two Science Subjects – Katy Morrison.
Trophy for Endeavour – Merissa Coulter.
Round Table Award for Effort and Endeavour – Jenny Kirkwood.
Ella Dykes Prize for Endeavour – Kirstin Waddell.
PTA Prize for Citizenship – Stewart Sinnamon.
Elder Cup for Citizenship – Gregor Stirling.
The Livingston Award – Eilidh Rankin.
Proxime Accessit (Inner Wheel Medal and Jane Andrew Memorial Prize) – Kathryn Johnson.
Dux (Rotary Medal and Jane Andrew Memorial Prize) – Susan Danskin.