Posted: Monday 10 July 2017

Prize-giving 2017

The High School of Dundee has held its annual Prize-Giving ceremony

The High School of Dundee has marked the end of another school year in traditional fashion with its annual prize-giving ceremony.

Taking place in the Caird Hall, the event saw prizes presented to pupils from L3 upwards in recognition of their efforts and achievements in a range of subjects, as members of the F6 year group bade their official farewell to the School.

Speaking to the audience of pupils, staff, family members and guests, Rector Dr John Halliday reflected on some of the highlights from another busy session.

These included pupils from the School having scored the top marks in Scotland in six different SQA subjects across three different levels; every pupil who applied for a place on a medical course at university having received an offer; a record total of more than £41K having been raised for charity by the School; and a range of individual achievements.

"It has been an incredibly busy year, full of highlights, enthusiasm and energy," he said. "Our pupils are achieving at the highest level and that's down to the environment in which they are working and the support which they receive."

Dr Halliday also spoke of the increasing importance the School has been putting on ensuring its pupils are well placed to handle change in the face of uncertainty in the wider world.    

He said, "Our school is somewhere that places the pupils at its heart.

The School's Pipe Band performed outside the Caird Hall

"Developing resilience in our young people is a key focus for the School. Those who can handle and manage change will be the most successful."

After thanking the staff for their hard work and dedication over the past year, the Rector provided an update on the School's redevelopment of Dundee's former Head Post Office into a Centre of Excellence for Performing and Visual Arts, a project whose goals he said chimed very well with the aspirations of the wider cultural regeneration of the city.

Guest of Honour, Professor Dame Sue Black of Dundee University, presented the prizes and provided some words of wisdom for the pupils, especially the F6 leavers as they get set to move on to universities across Scotland and beyond.

Dame Professor Sue Black was the guest of honour

After recalling some of her own experiences from her education and career, she encouraged the pupils to take pride in their achievements, but to remember the significant contribution that their teachers and family had made.

She said, "Your teachers are bursting with pride at what you have achieved.

"You have one life. Live it to the full. Don't find a job: find a passion. Do something that makes you happy and make a difference."

You can see more photos from the event here.

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