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Dingwall Primary P7 get a visit from Ross County ‘celebrity’ manager Don Cowie


By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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Teacher Eilidh Mellon, Ross County coach Don Cowie and Dingwall Primary head teacher Sara Macaskill. Picture: Dingwall Primary School Parent Council.
Teacher Eilidh Mellon, Ross County coach Don Cowie and Dingwall Primary head teacher Sara Macaskill. Picture: Dingwall Primary School Parent Council.

A “celebrity” appearance at Dingwall Primary School’s P7 Leavers Assembly had the football-daft pupils “beside themselves”.

The P7 Leavers Assembly at Dingwall Primary invites a special guest.

Dingwall Primary School P7 teacher, Eilidh Mellon said: “This year we’ve had a group of football-daft children and avid supporters of Ross County Football Club, and I thought ‘I wonder if Don Cowie will be our surprise special guest?’”

Professional football coach, former player and current manager of Ross County Football Club, Don Cowie was also once a pupil at Dingwall Primary.

Eilidh was classmates with Don at the school as youngsters, and 30 years before his special guest appearance, Don and Eilidh both had their own P7 Leavers Assembly at the school.

“Don was football-daft throughout school — I remember him always getting straight on the pitch as soon as the bell rang, using jumpers as goal posts. And now he’s come back to the school, 30 years on, with a really successful career in football.

“The children were beside themselves when I told them Don was visiting — lots of them have really big dreams and aspirations.

“Don showed them that if you make the right choices and work hard, you can get where you want to… even if you are from Dingwall! For the children, he was the perfect role model — it made it a very special event.

“I don’t think the kids thought we would manage to get someone with such a celebrity status! We really appreciate Don giving up his time for us. I think he enjoyed being back in the old school building and reminiscing too.”

Many of the youngsters will enjoy a seven-week-long summer holiday, before beginning S1 at Dingwall Academy.

Eilidh continued: “I’ll absolutely miss the P7 class. Although I’ve been a teacher for many years, this was my first year teaching a P7 year-group. I’ll never forget them.

“My son is also in the class, which made it even more special. He’s football-daft as well, so I got a big kudos at home too!”


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