Alva's Prize Pupils
Alva Academy's annual prize giving ceremony was a special affair as rector Mr John Meney retired after eight successful years at the school.
On Thursday (28 June) pupils, proud parents, family members and a number of representatives from the local community were entertained by the many fantastic performances, including a solo by Rhiannon Turner, a duet by Gabby Byrne and Finlay Copland as well as a number of musical pieces by the orchestra, pipe and drums and school bands. Jordan Wilford and Ore Malaolu also performed one of a number of dance routines presented throughout the evening.
In his annual report Mr Meney reflected on his time at the school and the many achievements in arts, sports and extra-curricular activities.
He also reported on improvements in pupil attainment levels in SQA exams and proudly offered his congratulations to the S6 Charities Group who raised in excess of £12,000 for the Macmillan Coffee Morning as well as much more donations for other charities.
The school was honoured to welcome Gordon Banks MP as guest speaker, who gave a motivating talk encouraging all pupils to aim high and make the most of the opportunities on offer to them in the school.
Mr Meney had the pleasant task of presenting the prizes that were awarded for excellence and endeavour in subjects across the school. Mr Banks presented Colours for the many achievements in sports, music and dance as well as the Louise Imrie Memorial Trophy for Outstanding Sporting Achievement, the Sarah Murray Award for Senior Dance and the Betty Campbell Memorial Award for Creative Writing.
Former colleague Margaret Gale who left Alva Academy this year also sponsored an award for the Junior Dance.
This year's winner of the Marshall's Proxime Accesit award went to Emma Alexander and the Marshall's Dux Medal was presented to Ronnie Woodward who was joined on stage by his gran, Anne Noble (nee Johnstone), who received her dux medal in 1943. This was an extremely moving moment and Ronnie and his gran were given a well-deserved standing ovation.
Mr Sandy Donoghue closed the ceremony with a vote of thanks to Mr Ash and the organising committee, and to the huge amount of staff who gave so generously of their time to ensure the event was a huge success.
For a full list of prize winners, buy tomorrow's Advertiser (4 July).
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