Top Marks: Uddingston Grammar celebrates prizegiving awards

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.

Top Marks: Uddingston Grammar celebrates prizegiving awards
Emma Paton – Proxime Accessit winner

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.

Top Marks: Uddingston Grammar celebrates prizegiving awards
School Captains: Emily Mathie and Murray Baggley

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


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

Dux Medallists

Proxime Accessit – Emma Paton

Dux – Emily Mathie

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