On Wednesday, September 9, Eyemouth High School celebrated its annual prizegiving.
One of the most important dates in the school calendar, it is a great opportunity to appreciate the individual talents and successes of the pupils and for them to receive some recognition for their achievements.
It was led by different members of staff this year, including our new headteacher Mr Chapman and new depute head Mrs Hodgkins. This gave the whole evening a subtly different style to previous events.
The guest of honour was Elizabeth Wharton, one of the senior lead officers at Scottish Borders Council. Liz has a particular role in supporting schools in Berwickshire.
She presented all the prizes to recipients, with enthusiasm, and seemed genuinely pleased for all of the achievements.
She also gave an inspiring speech, with the message that with the determination and enthusiasm we have as individuals and as a school we can go on to do anything we want in life. This message struck a chord with the pupils.
“It was nice to know I’d been recognised for all my work throughout the year, the guest speaker’s speech was very motivating and quite different from everyone else,” said Roma Peakman, an S4 pupil who received awards for third year academic attainment and endeavour.
A big addition to the evening was the massive support from the school’s Head Team, who all contributed to the evening, with speeches and even vocal performances. Mr Chapman set the tone for the evening, explaining that we aspire to a warm, rich and challenging learning environment at the school.
The Head Team then took one of these words each and explained just what that meant to them. They were a credit to the school as well as to themselves (Aaron, Hattie, Hannah, Molly and Rory) in giving speeches to such a large audience. It was really inspiring for all the younger pupils to see their Head Team active at such an important event.
Hannah Ritchie who performed twice, singing with her incredible voice said of the evening: “Sitting at prize giving and watching the various prizes, talented performances and the variety of them made me realise how proud we should be as a Head Team, for what our school has achieved and what it can go on to further achieve.”
Something which is really special about Eyemouth High’s prizegiving is the wide variety of prizes and awards, it isn’t just about academic achievement, but a broad spectrum, with awards such as The Duke of Edinburgh, Sports Champions and for charitable work.
A new award this year was the ‘Young Enterprise Award’ which recognises good business sense. This was awarded to Rory Fairbairn for his Shake and Bake cake making business.
At the same time, Mr Chapman paid tribute to the senior students who contributed to the best Higher results the school has had in years.
This was reflected in the school ‘Dux Prize’, the most prestigious prize of the evening, awarded for excellent academic results throughout the senior school, given to Laura Aitken.
Overall the evening was a great success and made the pupils proud to be part of the school. Also they were chuffed with their WH Smith vouchers which are part of some of the prizes. Lizzy Edmondson thinks this is one of the bigger highlights of the evening: “It’s a lovely gesture of the school to give us the vouchers and I needed to buy some new pens!”