Kin­lochleven

The Oban Times - - Districts -

PUPILS at Kin­lochleven High School have been re­warded for their vol­un­teer­ing and com­mu­nity ac­tion.

More than 100 pupils re­cently re­ceived their SALTIRE cer­tifi­cates from Ian Black­ford MP in a pre­sen­ta­tion mark­ing the thou­sands of hours the pupils have ded­i­cated to vol­un­teer­ing in the com­mu­nity.

Kin­lochleven High School head teacher Re­becca Machin, said: ‘Eighty seven Kin­lochleven High School pupils con­trib­uted 3,000 hours of vol­un­teer­ing last year.

‘I didn’t think that could be im­proved upon, how­ever, this year we had 113 vol­un­teers con­tribut­ing more than 5,000 hours.

‘It is only right and proper our young peo­ple’s hard work is recorded and recog­nised through this gov­ern­ment sup­ported award scheme.’

The pupils or­gan­ised and took part in a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the school’s Christ­mas show, which raised more than £2,000 for their com­mu­nity, the Ac­tive Schools Sports Leader ini­tia­tive and the Rock Chal­lenge.

The 113-strong team of pupils also worked with the UNICEF Club, which helps raise money for char­i­ties such as So­cial Bite, Wa­ter Aid, Breast Can­cer Aware­ness and Down Syn­drome Scot­land, as well as vol­un­teer­ing with Kin­lochlovin’ and pre­sent­ing on the Drive Time Show for Ne­vis Ra­dio.

Mrs Machin con­tin­ued: ‘For a school as small as ours to have so many tak­ing part is a great tes­ta­ment to the fab­u­lous com­mu­nity spirit and en­ter­prise we have here.’

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