Plockton schools end year on a high note
PLOCKTON’S school year finished on a high note when music students from Sgoil Chiùil Na Gàidhealtachd ended a successful tour with a concert at the school.
This year’s concert tour took the students to Royal Deeside where they played in Braemar Village Hall; Deeside Community Theatre, Aboyne; and Finzean Hall. The students also took part in workshops at Aboyne Academy, Banchory Academy and Braemar Primary School. On Saturday June 17, they returned to Plockton to play out another school year and share what they have learned to a packed hall of staff, family and friends.
The students demonstrated outstanding talent with a programme of traditional Scottish tunes and powerful contemporary songs and it was an emotional time for some who would be leaving school at the end of term.
Music school director Dougie Pincock said: ‘The success of the music school can be put down to team work and the concert required an enormous team effort both on stage and off.
‘This is exclusively an education project and can’t happen without Plockton School which has provided a welcoming and supportive environment for the young people.’
Receiving a special trophy on the evening was 17-yearold Ali Hambrey who was awarded the Dick MacRae Memorial Quaich, given to the student who, in the opinion of the staff, has made the longest journey through their school year. The quaich was presented by Dick’s grand- daughters Islay and Rona MacRae.
Dougie added: ‘Ali did well.
‘It took him a little time to settle at school and now he has developed into a fine young fellow. We are very proud of him.’
Islay MacRae presents the Dick MacRae Memorial Quaich to student Ali Hambrey, with Music School Director Dougie Pincock and Rona MacRae.