Plock­ton schools end year on a high note

The Oban Times - - Districts -

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.’

Pho­to­graph Sara Bain.

Is­lay MacRae presents the Dick MacRae Memo­rial Quaich to stu­dent Ali Ham­brey, with Mu­sic School Di­rec­tor Dougie Pin­cock and Rona MacRae.

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