The fourth annual Learning to Achieve Awards ceremony was held at Denny High School on Thursday 26th September. The Learning to Achieve Awards were established to highlight and celebrate a wide range of projects and people in the local community who have contributed to improving learning, teaching and support to children and adults in the Falkirk area.
An audience of 250 staff, pupils, parents and members of the local community gathered to witness the ceremony, which saw awards in ten categories handed out.
Among these awards was the award for Environment, Heritage and International Education, sponsored by The Helix. Slamannan Primary School picked up this accolade with a scientific study project about the breeding habits of Bean Geese – which are unique to Slamannan and migrate from there to Scandinavia; the pupils, led by class teachers Alistair Findlay and Lorna Murray (accompanied by Judy Paul (RSPB) and Neville Makan (SNH)), used a wide variety of technology to track and study the habits of the Geese.
The pupils were able to blog, photograph and write about their project in their interdisciplinary project, which has also been shortlisted for a Scottish Education Award and an RSPB Nature of Scotland Award for the groundbreaking study.
Additionally, the award for Arts, Culture and Sport – which was sponsored by Falkirk Community Trust – was won by Larbert High School for their Community Sports Programme.
Led by Jamie Swinney (Head of Sport) and his colleagues, the programme seeks to create a cultural change in the local area by encouraging physical activity across the community, thereby improving the overall health of the local area.
As a result of their endeavours, over 200 young people and 200 adults now take part in over 68 sports and activities per week. Additionally, 93% of S1 and 91% of S2 pupils now take part in sport outwith PE lessons, compared to the national average between 55% and 68%.
The other awards and winners were:
- Enterprise and Careers Award, won by Step Forward at Falkirk High school.
- Star Performer (Non-Teaching) Award, won by St. Patrick’s Primary School Parent Council – Parents as Partners in Learning.
- Star Performer (Teaching) Award, won by Katrina Lucas – Book Week Scotland at Comely Park Primary School.
- Cluster Award for Joint Project, won by Falkirk High School and Associated Primary School – Cluster Science Project.
- Democracy and Social Responsibility Award, won by Amnesty, Eco Schools, Fairtrade and Rights Respecting Schools Award at Larbert High School.
- Community Involvement and Citizenship Award, won by ESOL Training at Denny High School, involving Denny High School, CLD and WASP.
- Outstanding Innovation in Service Delivery Award, won by Using IVONA to support pupils with Additional Support Needs at Denny High School.
Well done to all.
Thursday, 24th October 2013