Events to mark mile­stone

Stirling Observer - - MCLAREN HIGH SCHOOL - Don­ald Mor­ton

McLaren High School has kicked off its 125th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions with a num­ber of events in­volv­ing cur­rent and for­mer pupils and past and present staff.

On Thurs­day, Septem­ber 7, the school’s an­nual awards cer­e­mony was held in Cal­lan­der Kirk, be­gin­ning in style with a stir­ring march by McLaren High Pipe Band.

Cal­lum Hall, the out­go­ing Head Boy who was in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up the award-win­ning band, pro­moted Re­becca More to the rank of Pipe Ma­jor and the band will con­tinue to grow un­der her stew­ard­ship.

Head­mas­ter Marc Flem­ing gave an ad­dress link­ing McLaren’s il­lus­tri­ous her­itage with the cur­rent and fu­ture suc­cesses of the pupils and this was fol­lowed by a per­for­mance by Ju­nior Mu­sic Fes­ti­val win­ner Liam Ren­nie on pi­ano and vo­cals.

The keynote ad­dress was given by Stirling Provost Christine Simp­son who drew par­al­lels be­tween the char­ity work con­ducted by Stirling Coun­cil and the work done by the pupils of McLaren High who give so freely of their time.

Hazel Im­rie and Eve Scott en­livened the evening with en­sem­ble pieces on the fid­dle be­fore the main prize­giv­ing be­gan.

This year three for­mer head­teach­ers – May Sweeney, Peter Martin and Hugh Mathie – pre­sented ju­nior pupils with ORCA awards (Or­der, Re­spect, Care and Achieve­ment) in recog­ni­tion of their con­tin­ued pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to sup­port­ing oth­ers.

Dux Lu­do­rum was won by sport­ing cham­pi­ons Char­lotte Brodie and Jamie Nixon, while Dil­lon McFar­lane, Ni­amh Gille­spie and Eve Scott shared the War Memo­rial Prize, which is given in recog­ni­tion of those who go out of their way to sup­port oth­ers in the com­mu­nity.

The Par­ents’ Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion (PTA) cre­ated a spe­cial recog­ni­tion award for the Can­cer Re­search fund­ing which Poppy McMa­hon, Holly Bowen, Mil­lie Jenk­ins and Jes­sica Orr-Ewing are in­volved in, with Poppy run­ning in the Race for Life ev­ery year since the age of three.

The awards cul­mi­nated in Car­men Clive win­ning the Dux Medal hav­ing achieved “A Band 1” in all of her Highers.

Af­ter the in­stal­la­tion of the new top team of Head and Deputy Head Boy/Girl and House Cap­tains, part of the cast of Les Mis­er­ables sang the The Peo­ple’s Song.

The of­fi­cial part of the evening drew to a close with out­go­ing Head Boy and Head Girl Cal­lum Hall and Finn Man­ders en­cour­ag­ing pupils to make the most of the op­por­tu­ni­ties they have whilst at McLaren.

An­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions con­tin­ued on Satur­day when the an­nual for­mer pupils’ lunch and an af­ter­noon tea for cur­rent and for­mer staff took place, in­clud­ing two for­mer teach­ers who had trav­elled from Aus­tralia.

Mem­bers of the wider school com­mu­nity at­tended a bar­be­cue be­fore cur­rent pupils joined for­mer stu­dents at a lively and en­er­getic ceilidh in the evening with mu­sic pro­vided by for­mer pupil Kirsty Fing­land and friends in the Glas­gow Vet Ceilidh Band.

The next event is a 125th themed in­ter­house com­pe­ti­tion in school for pupils and staff on Fri­day,

Girl power

Dux medal­list Car­men Clive

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