Pupils’ talents are recognised

270612 Boness academy annual prize giving.
270612 Boness academy annual prize giving.

BO’NESS Academy held its annual award ceremony last Wednesday afternoon.

It recognised the wide-ranging talents, achievements and participation of its pupils.

Guest speaker was curler Eve Muirhead, a world championship silver medallist, Winter Olympics team GB skip and 2012 Scottish champion.

The former BBC Scotland Young Sports Personality of the Year is also a champion piper, and as a special treat joined the Academy’s pipers in a rendition of Highland Cathedral.

It wasn’t the only surprise for assembled guests who included Falkirk Council’s education director, Andrew Sutherland, Provost Pat Reid, and Bo’ness councillors.

Earlier the Olympic torch carried in the nationwide relay by ex-pupil and former hockey internationalist Claire Tattersall was donated to the Academy.

This was fitting, given the Olympic values theme of headteacher David Mitchell’s address.

He referred to the words of Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the games, who said “the most important thing is not winning but taking part.”

Mr Mitchell said the Academy sought to promote that approach in its young people.

In his annual report, he thanked staff, parents and supporters for their contributions and commended the pupils on their ‘skills, talents, energy, enthusiasm, enterprise, care and concern for others’.

“I am constantly reassured that the future for yourselves, your community and your world is secure in your hands,” he said.

Prizewinners included junior and senior duxes, Louise Gibson and Chelsey Buchanan.