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St John’s RC Academy Awards Ceremony 2015 – By David Harrow

St John’s RC Academy again celebrated the school’s annual end of year awards ceremony on Tuesday the 23rd of June. This year’s guest speaker was the extraordinary Professor Gary McEwan. His stories about his extreme perseverance through unbelievable hardship and his incredible entrepreneurial success inspired all who attended; this included the many proud parents of worthy award winners, the senior management team, members of teaching staff, reverend fathers and a welcome visit from Mrs May.

In the younger year groups there were many deserving award winners, including a special award for marked improvement which was won by Alexander Gribben in S3. In the senior phase, the Dux Medal was awarded to Ewan Morrison for his all-round academic excellence while the runner up Proxime Accesit was awarded to Depute Head Jenna Martin. The Headteacher’s Award for Achievement was awarded to Isobel Joughin, S3, and Elinor Mooney, S6, for their individual achievement within the school community; while the Headteacher’s Commendation for Achievement was awarded to Artur Brodlo, S6, and Max Flynn, S6, also for their individual achievements within the school community. The final special award to be presented was the Headteacher’s Award for Contribution to Depute Head Boy, Dale Murray for his individual contribution within the school community. Many pupils received special departmental awards for their ability and hard work within particular subjects while a record number of senior pupils received their Caritas Award. Special mention must go to Mark Rimmer for being presented with the Evans Award for bringing credit to the school throughout his six years at St John’s and to Anna Gordon for being Awarded the Tom Kane Award for Citizenship for showing a special commitment and contribution to the school community.

Throughout the evening, the audience enjoyed some spectacular musical solos from Katherine Gray, S4, on the flute playing Bach’s Arioso, Conall Ross, S5, singing the anthem from Chess by B Andersson and B Ulvaeus and Chloe Donaldson playing Highland Cathedral on the bagpipes with the school orchestra. The school orchestra performed to their usual high standard, playing the theme from Star Wars and the first movement from Beethoven’s 5th symphony. Putting an unexpected turn on the evening, David Morgan, Conall Ross and Jack Dailly performed a somewhat impromptu rendition of one of their trademark songs.

The baton of leadership was officially passed at the end of the ceremony from Ruaridh Neil and DS Nadine Isabel C. Paderog to the new head boy and girl Andrew Blain and Laura Wardlaw. We wish them all the best.

And so yet another successful year for St John’s Academy was rounded off by an exceptional evening, celebrating the many achievements of the community of St John’s RC Academy.

Click here to download a copy of the S1 – S2 2015 Awards Ceremony programme.

Click here to download a copy of the S3 – S6 2015 Awards Ceremony programme.

Mr Hagney with House Shield Winners