Prize-winning painting

The Tesco Bank Art Competition for Schools is run by National Galleries of Scotland, and this year there were over 7,400 entries from all over Scotland. FHS pupil Lucas was awarded a Special Merit Prize in the category ‘Trees’ and was invited to attend a prize-giving ceremony in Edinburgh’s National Gallery on June 14th, when he saw his artwork go on display to the public for the very first time. All prize-winning entries will be on show at the Gallery until 27 October 2016, before being displayed at Borders General Hospital, Melrose (1 November 2016–26 February 2017) and Eden Court Theatre, Inverness (3 March–27 April 2017).

FHS Art Teacher, Mrs. Davie, accompanied Lucas to the Awards Ceremony, which she described as a “very special afternoon”. The director of Tesco Bank Competitions commented that the Art Competition for Schools is an excellent event for nurturing talent and bridging gaps of class, wealth and status, bringing people together in the name of Art.

One of the five judges was Nick Sharrat, the prolific children’s book illustrator, who signed books at the start of the event. Prizes were awarded by competition organizer, Linda McLellan, who made personal observations about each piece that was projected on a huge screen. When Lucas went up to receive his award, she commented on his bold and colourful ‘less is more’ image that persuaded the judges to choose him for a Special Merit in his category this year. Well done, Lucas!

 

 

Pupil in the spotlight: Kieran

Kieran has been at FHS for over seven years, and in that time has made magnificent progress. He entered the school with some significant barriers to his learning, but he has never let that get in his way, and he’s now leaving school at the end of this term with a highly creditable batch of Intermediate and National subjects.

Kieran is a great ambassador for the school. He completed a work placement with the Scottish Government, and latterly he has also been working with PUSH, a voluntary retail charity, who were so impressed with him that they offered him a job within the organisation.

However, Kieran’s long-term ambition is to work in the fitness industry and, to this end, he has enrolled at Dundee & Angus College to study Sport and Fitness. He’ll have a lot on his plate, as he plans to continue boxing training and attending Army Cadets too!

Baton relay

His cheerful presence will be missed by pupils and staff alike. In the words of one of his Keyworkers:

“You knew when Kieran was in the school  … he could always put a smile on everyone’s face. He is a real asset to the school. One particularly special memory of his time at FHS is when he carried the Queen’s Baton in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in 2014.”

Kieran’s future beyond FHS looks good. He leaves the school a responsible and mature young man, with the drive and confidence to go on and achieve his goals.

We congratulate him on all his achievements to date and wish him every success in the future.

 

Transition from school to college

As well as applauding a year of achievements, Celebrating Success Day also focuses on next steps. Four of the pupils were presented with Transition awards in recognition of their efforts in planning their transition from school to college.

Ruairidh left school last year but stayed on at Falkland House School to receive the support required to help him through his NC Creative Digital Industries course. He has done remarkably well. He completed the course successfully at the end of this session and is considering further study at Edinburgh College.

Joe H. has displayed marvellous courage and determination in completing his school year despite having to undergo a series of arduous hospital procedures. Undaunted, he competed for, and won, a place at Fife College to study a Construction Futures NC. He will remain at the school for study support but Joe’s ambition is to press on with the course and to try and obtain an apprenticeship in bricklaying next year.

Joe R. did extremely well this year to achieve the qualifications for entry into the NC Construction at Forth Valley College. He has long harboured a desire to train as a plumber and this course should provide him with the appropriate background to commence his apprenticeship. Fortunately, the college is very close to his home, and he will remain with us for study support throughout the duration of his course next session.

Kieran leaves school at the end of this term to pursue his long-term ambition to work in the fitness industry.

FHS wishes them the best of luck in their future endeavours.

 

Celebrating Success

End of term is a time to celebrate the many successes and achievements of our pupils. On Celebrating Success Day, families and friends enjoyed a delicious buffet accompanied by live music provided by the pupils, before attending a ceremony where each boy was recognized for his own individual achievements.

The awards not only acknowledged their educational progress, but also their perseverance and consistent effort, hard work and good choices over the last year. Pupils were commended for progress in literacy, geography, music, maths, art and PE, but also for improved focus, stoicism, perseverance and commitment. Moreover, awards went to pupils for ground care detail, business administrator and employee of the year.

The long-awaited results of the chess, pool, snooker and golf tournaments which are played throughout the year were announced: Lucas picked up the chess trophy, Joe won the pool competition, Ben was snooker champion and Lucas came out on top again in the golf tournament. Finally, Aaron was presented with a Good Citizenship Award 2016.

Well done to all for their achievements this year, which are testament to the hard work and dedication of our pupils and staff.