Published by Mr Macdonald
Wednesday 02 July 2014
Castle Douglas High School held its annual Prize Giving Ceremony recently. Over one hundred children had been nominated for prizes for achievement and effort by their teachers, and a packed hall helped them to celebrate this success.
All those attending the ceremony were entertained by the bagpipe playing of senior pupil Greg Alcorn on their arrival. The Assembly Hall looked magnificent as students and staff from the Gardening School at Threave Gardens provided and arranged a tremendous array of plants and flowers for the school.
Head Girls Chloe Case and Head Boy John Heuchan chaired the ceremony as their final duty in their roles and they reviewed their own year’s work before handing over to Mr Gerry Donnelly, Head Teacher.
Mr Donnelly shared the many group and individual successes which had been achieved throughout the year, both locally and nationally, sporting and academic, and making clear his intention is to see the school at the heart of the local community.
Guest speaker was Canon David Bayne, one of the school chaplains whose work in the school has been greatly appreciated over many years. His witty and erudite speech about the nature of success and what it means to be successful entertained the large audience as much as it gave everyone present food for thought.
The prizes were presented by three members of staff who have ended or whom are about to end their connection with Castle Douglas High School: Mrs Cawood is retiring from the English Department; Dr Lidwell has left the Science Department to take up the post of Principal Teacher of Science in Lockerbie Academy and Mrs Morton starts as Principal Teacher of Mathematics and IT at Kirkcudbright Academy in August. Each presented prizes to the young achievers.
Musical entertainment throughout the evening was provided by staff and pupils connected to the sell-out run at the Fullarton Theatre of “Bugsy Malone” and hospitality was provided by the Parent Council..
It was a happy and enjoyable evening for all concerned as the successes of the young people in Castle Douglas High School were celebrated.
Head Teacher Mr Donnelly said, 'Our pupils have excelled in many areas this session and we are very proud of both their efforts and achievements. This has been a challenging year for everyone at the school but everyone, both staff and pupils, have given their all. We are grateful to the many local sponsors who generously support our Prize Giving ceremony and who help to ensure that our youngsters are recognised for their endeavours'.
Prize Giving Ceremony 2014 Programme
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