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St John’s RC Academy Awards Ceremony 2014 – by Ross Gardiner

St John’s RC Academy celebrated another successful year by hosting their annual awards ceremony on Tuesday 20th May. The guest speaker was St Johnstone local hero Tommy Campbell, whose stories from his extensive footballing career entertained proud parents and special guests, including Bishop Stephen Robson and Bill Atkinson, Executive Depute Director of Education and Children’s Services, before the awards were given out. The special award winners in the younger year groups were Col Young, S1 and Abbie Scrimgeour, S2, winning the Head Teacher’s Award.  Earlier in the school year Abbie also won the Perth and Kinross Overall Spirit of Youth Award.

In the senior phase, Jennifer McLaughlin won the St John’s RC Academy Dux Medal, with Joanna Blundell winning the Proxime Accesit. Meanwhile, Head Boy James O’Donnell and Shanagh Campbell were recognised for achieving their Diana Awards earlier in the year, with James and Ross Gardiner then receiving recognition for being selected to run with the Queen’s Baton in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Baton Relay. Many senior pupils received their Caritas and Saltire Awards with Shanagh and James achieving the highly commendable Summit Awards.

Throughout the night, the audience were treated to some spectacular musical pieces from pupils Robert Young S2 (brass), Robert McCall S2 (Piano), Murphy Robertson, S5 (saxophone), Ruaridh Neil, S5 (Marimba) and the school orchestra, which performed to a trademark high standard.

All that was left was for the new Head Boy and Girl, Ruaridh Neil and DS Nadine Isabel C Paderog, to officially take over from James O’Donnell and Megan Cassidy, and we wish them all the best.

Safe to say, a fine evening capped off yet another successful year for St John’s RC Academy.