Pupils at Uddingston Grammar have been celebrating their annual prizegiving awards.
This year’s event proved to be unique as youngsters were unable to undertake their SQA exams, but instead recognised for their achievements and hard work throughout the school term.
The awards were originally planned for earlier this year but due to the pandemic and mass gathering restrictions, it had to be postponed.
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However, the senior school winners were finally commended in the end-of-term prizegiving.
Pictured are winners: Emily Mathie, who was the school’s Dux; Emma Paton who won Proxime Accessit; and Emily with Murray Baggley who are school captains.
The secondary pupils endured a tough school year with planned trips to New York, Ghana, Austria and Madrid all being cancelled, while arrangements around Covid-19 remained uncertain.
There was also a lot of changes to staffing at Uddingston Grammar but everyone pulled together and the school celebrated a very successful exam results day in August.
Headteacher John McKay said the following in his prizegiving address: “Indeed, the young people of the school achieved excellent results – a real testament to their hard work and dedication, and a real feather in the cap for our outstanding teaching team.
“This was a key indicator of the success of the school. Our Leaver destinations, the most important single indicator of the success of the school are again excellent, and we hope this continues and we have invested heavily in our partnership with Skills Development Scotland, and our Careers Hub, staffed by Veronica Rankin and Frank Devine, who have terrific relationships with the young people.
“This meant more of our young people than ever before had achieved entry requirements and secured places at University, College, Apprenticeships or work. This ultimately is what the role of a secondary school is – to prepare young people for life.”
He added: “It is a privilege to be the Headteacher of Uddingston Grammar School, leading a team of dedicated teachers and staff, who work tirelessly to provide opportunities for our young people.
“Our young people come from very diverse backgrounds. They come together under one roof, under one badge, with one set of aims – to achieve their best and to make you proud of them.
“They see challenges as opportunities, growing stronger by working together. Here, right in the heart of our community, our family of learners grows stronger.
“This was not a usual year by any stretch of the imagination. It ended abruptly. It meant young people could not finish what they had started.
“They could not showcase themselves to the world through the SQA exams. They could not say cheerio as they would have wished. Neither could we. It is not a year I wish to repeat, but it was made so much easier by the understanding of our young people, their families and the staff, and to each of you my thanks.”
Full list of award winners
National 5 Subject Prizewinners
Physics – Sam Murphy
Mathematics – Sam Murphy
Computing – Sam Murphy
Music – Kyle Beattie
History – Cameron Halyburton
Geography – Kyle Beattie
French – Sam Murphy
Dance – Emma McLaughlan
Spanish – Henry Tsang
English – Sebastian Cooper and Kyle Beattie
Drama – Mason Melbourne
PE – Alistair Faulds
Modern Studies – Sebastian Cooper
Business Management – Sam Murphy
Graphics – Karis Treacy
Design and Manufacture – Martynas Burskys
Practical Woodwork – Lewis Bridson
Practical Cookery – Kenna Longmuir
Art – Martynas Burskys
Biology – Ailsa Wilson
Chemistry – Ailsa Wilson
SENIOR SCHOOL (HIGHERS and ADVANCED HIGHERS)
Business Studies Shield for Accounting – Alix MacDonald
Jean Baird Prize for Administration – Kristana McKay and Megan Hall
Nelson and Effie B Brown Prize for Art and Design – Rebecca Allan
Vita Scientia Award for Biology – Emma Paton
Uddingston Grammar School Award for Human Biology – Catherine Lees
Quaestus Award for Business Management – Daisy Gribbons
Uddingston Grammar School Award for Chemistry – Emma Paton
AM Ritchie Award for Higher Computing Science – Abigail McGill
Scott Montgomery Memorial Prize for English – Emma Paton
Belt-Up Cup for French – Emma Paton
Magellan Award for Geography – Georgia Kelly
Conloquium Award for Graphic Communication – Harry Wood
Narratio Award for History – Emily Gavan
Uddingston Grammar School Award for Mathematics – Sophie Butcher
James Weir MBE Memorial Cup for Modern Studies – Sophie Ford
Cencentus Award for Music – Fraser McGill
Sapientia award for Philosophy – Kerry Burke
Caitlin McCart Award for Physical Education – Sophie Ford
PTA Award for Physics – Sophie Butcher
Uddingston Grammar School Award for Politics – Ross Wilson
Uddingston Grammar School Award for Spanish – Emily Mathie
Advanced Higher PE – Claire Shanks
Advanced Higher English – William Govan
Advanced Higher Maths – Tom Downie and Katie McMurray
Advanced Higher History – Ben McQuaid
Advanced Higher Art – Layla Murdoch
Advanced Higher Chemistry – Becky McGraw
Advanced Higher Physics – Tom Downey
Proxime Accessit – Emma Paton
Dux – Emily Mathie
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