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Gairloch High School stages virtual prize-giving to mark end of unprecedented term


By Hector MacKenzie

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Eoin Cumming, named school Dux, with parents Iain and Maureen Cumming at their home in Laide. He was praised for his hard work and dedication, which was always rewarded with several music prizes.
Eoin Cumming, named school Dux, with parents Iain and Maureen Cumming at their home in Laide. He was praised for his hard work and dedication, which was always rewarded with several music prizes.

Gairloch High School didn't let the end of an unusual term pass without celebration and held a week-long virtual prize-giving to celebrate students' hard work.

Highlighting the academic and extra-curricular achievements of pupils, prizes were awarded for subjects across the school in addition to citizenship, sport, music and service to the school.

By holding the prize-giving via social media platforms and the school website, more than 8000 people, including family and friends from across the world, engaged during the week.

Many took the chance to offer their congratulations upon reading or hearing more about each prize-winner.

The event also allowed several other important occasions in the school calendar to be marked.

There was an inspiring speech from retiring English teacher Dr Belinda Brindle, a celebration of those leaving the school after their S6 year and the announcement of the new school saptains, Lucy Hildrey, Maisie Baptist and Kienan Hewitson.

The Dux of School, along with prizes in piping, music and Gaelic, was awarded to Eòin Cumming. Headteacher Mr Wim Chalmet was able to visit Eòin and his family in Laide to present him with the trophy.

He said "Eòin is multi-talented, always determined and a pleasure to teach. His hard work for many years has been rewarded as he moves on from us to Plockton Music School for next term and we wish him all the best in the next steps in his life."

Gairloch High School prizes awarded included:

John MacGillivray Gaelic Trophy - Eòin Cumming

Albert Roux Languages Cup - Maisie Baptist

MacKenzie Targe for Creative Writing - Isabella Wiseman

Sheona MacDonald Memorial Quaich - Iain Miles

Science Achievement Trophy - Maisie Baptist

Social Subjects Achievement Trophy - Sam Frost

Maths Achievement Trophy - Josh Tallach

Lauder prize for Music - Eòin Cumming

Drama Service Trophy - Elizabeth Mclachlan

Doctor Hunter Cup for Piping - Eòin Cumming

June Davis Miller Award for Art - Abi Crawford

Cross-country medals Junior Boy - Anndra Cumming

Junior Girl - Helen Urquhart

Senior Girl - Ellie Watson

Senior Boy - Grant Walton

Harry Valentine Memorial Trophy for Citizenship - Iain Miles

Neil Wilkie Memorial Trophy for Service to the School - Amy Gudgeon

Junior School Trophy for Service & Achievement - Izzy MacDonald

Elizabeth Matthew Memorial Trophy - Isabella Wiseman

Lauder Memorial Trophy - George Pickering

Dux of School - Eòin Cumming

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