Caring Clachan pupils honoured
BAKING more than 40 Christmas cakes for retired residents in their village has won Clachan Primary School pupils a top award.
The youngsters won the Active Participation in the Community Award from Argyll College UHI (University of the Highlands and Islands). In a tradition dating back more than two decades, the school, which has just eight pupils, bake Christmas cakes for every retired member of their community.
Clachan was honoured alongside Calum Ellis of Dalintober Primary and Emma Bannatyne of Campbeltown Grammar School, who both won Inspirational Young Person of the Year awards.
Starting in November, the children bake around 44 cakes, which are individually wrapped, personally labelled and hand delivered.
The Parent Council pays for the ingredients and staff give up their own time to ensure the baking challenge is completed.
Head teacher Lucy Blake said: ‘This award focuses on our Christmas cake activity which we have been running in the school for more than 20 years. We feel we are trustees of a tradition. The award recognises our links to the community and this is hugely important to us at Clachan. We are a school in the heart of the community and in the hearts of the community. I am very proud of our very small school.’
Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, congratulated the school, saying: ‘Very well done to everyone at Clachan on winning this prestigious award. Their Christmas cake project keeps traditions alive. Just as importantly, it links the children to the older members of their community and helps everyone in the village feel included.
‘I’m delighted, too, for Calum and Emma.
‘This is richly deserved recognition as they have shown themselves to be role models for their fellow pupils and a real inspiration to others.’
Ann Marie Knowles, executive director of community services, said: ‘These are terrific achievements and Emma, Calum and the Clachan staff and pupils should be incredibly proud of their efforts.’
The awards were estab- lished by Argyll College UHI’s Campbeltown centre to recognise the efforts of individual pupils and groups and promote the college.
Emma was nominated by her school for overcoming sudden and serious ill health, remaining positive even when very unwell and excelling in her exams to win a place at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland.
Calum won for his positive attitude, his volunteering activities and being a good role model and ‘playground buddy’.
Argyll College UHI principal Fraser Durie, who presented Emma with her award at the grammar school prize-giving, said the new scheme was a fantastic way for the college to further engage with the local community.
Clachan pupils and staff celebrate their award.