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Award Ceremonies 2016 – Secondary

On the 21st and 22nd of June, St John’s RC Academy celebrated our S1-2 and S3-6 award ceremonies, hosted by Depute Headteacher, Mr Hugh McAninch.  This year, we were honoured to have distinguished guest Mr John Swinney MSP.  John Swinney is our local MSP, Depute First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.  He spoke of his learning journey and the importance of education on individuals, on families and on our country.  Mr Swinney also spoke highly of our school, praising our ethos and achievements, and celebrating the individual achievements of our young people.  We were also blessed with the return of Mrs Audrey May who came to receive a deserved Papal award for her contribution to Catholic Education.  The award, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, is a high honour given by the Vatican at the petition of Bishop Stephen Robson. Mrs May, dressed as always for the occasion, said that she felt very unworthy to receive this, but accepted it as a gift and a grace.


Headteacher Seán Hagney presented his annual report, highlighting the many achievements of the school. In the S3-6 ceremony, he also highlighted the achievements of this year’s S6 and the important legacy which they leave us with.

The evening of course was focused on our very own St John’s Academy pupils who provided some wonderful entertainment on the night. The school orchestra played uplifting music and the soloist Jordanne Finlayson sang a moving and powerful version of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’.  Piper Chloe Donaldson belted out the school hymn and the band Indigo Sunday got the crowd going. Presentations made by Mr Robertson showed the achievements, diversity, fun and activities undertaken at St John’s.  Outgoing Head Boy and Head Girl, Andrew Blain and Laura Wardlaw, also delivered a very moving but poignant speech about their time at school.

Naturally, the main event of the evening focused around the prize winners. In the Junior Awards Ceremony, forty students received a certificate of Excellence and fifty students received a Certificate of Endeavour.  Within this, were Aaron Frampton and Millie Quinn-Rembisz who received the Parent Council Award.  Kerry Rigby received the Headteacher Award for achievement in S1 and Rebekah Rose received the Headteacher Award for achievement in S2.

In the senior Awards Ceremony, there were well over 100 prizes awarded. These included Justyna Mlynarczyk who was awarded the Perth and Kinross Dux medal.  Liam Marlborough was awarded the Proxime Accesit Award for high achievement and Abigail Bednarek, Col Young, Sean Montilla and Aiden Smart were awarded the Headteacher Award for Achievement.  Rosa Alexander won the Headteacher’s Award for Contribution.

Overall the evening was a great success and everyone was uplifted and inspired.   It felt an honour to be part of a well-run and entertaining evening and we thank all the staff, parents and students who were involved.

Details of our S1-2  award winners are available to view here.

Details of our S3-6  award winners are available to view here.