Car­ing Clachan pupils hon­oured

The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

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.

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