Ex­cep­tional pupils praised by busi­ness

Cas­tle Wa­ter spon­sors school’s writ­ing con­test

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Clare Damodaran

Cre­ative pupils at Blair­gowrie High School were re­cently pre­sented with prizes for their writ­ing skills.

Five pupils at the Beeches Road school each re­ceived £100 vouch­ers and a copy of The Econ­o­mist Style Guide for Busi­ness Writ­ing, thanks to Blair­gowrie-based com­pany Cas­tle Wa­ter.

The com­pany spon­sored a writ­ing chal­lenge at the school which was open to pupils study­ing Higher and Ad­vanced Higher English and which was judged by Cas­tle Wa­ter CEO, John Reynolds.

Mr Reynolds said that he was im­pressed by the stan­dard of all the en­tries. And pre­sent­ing the prizes to what he de­scribed as five “ex­cep­tional” pupils, he said: “We’re de­lighted to part­ner with Blair­gowrie High School to help pre­pare young peo­ple for the world of work.

“As well as pro­vid­ing ‘ca­reer ready’ work ex­pe­ri­ence place­ments, in 2017 we set up a lit­er­acy chal­lenge for se­nior pupils to help de­velop their busi­ness writ­ing skills.

“The aim of the com­pe­ti­tion was to en­cour­age se­nior pupils at the school to think about and practice busi­ness writ­ing skills in ad­vance of leav­ing sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion and in prepa­ra­tion for their next steps in build­ing their fu­ture ca­reer.

“We were also de­lighted to be able to tell pupils a bit more about Cas­tle Wa­ter and the range of ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties that are avail­able as a grow­ing em­ployer with head­quar­ters right here in Blair­gowrie.

“We’ve re­ally en­joyed work­ing with Blair­gowrie High School this year and are now de­vel­op­ing our part­ner­ship plans for 2018 and be­yond.”

The win­ning pupils were Emma For­rest, Emily Hat­ton, Cal­lum Daw­son, Ruth Daniell and Cal­lum Ritchie.

Eleanor Ruther­ford, prin­ci­pal teacher of English at Blair­gowrie High School, added: “The school was de­lighted when Cas­tle Wa­ter came for­ward with a pro­posal to spon­sor a writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

“All pupils do­ing Higher and Ad­vanced Higher English were in­vited to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion as part of their work in the subject.

“The es­says that were cho­sen to go for­ward to the com­pe­ti­tion all showed that pupils had done re­search into the subject but that they were also interested in the topic.

“We are re­ally pleased with all the ef­fort and hope that this com­pe­ti­tion will be­come an an­nual event where pupils can show­case their writ­ing skills.”

Pre­sen­ta­tion Seated, John Reynolds OBE, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Cas­tle Wa­ter, and Emma For­rest. Stand­ing, head teacher Bev Les­lie, Emily Hat­ton, Cal­lum Daw­son, Jean­nine McVean (mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer at Cas­tle Wa­ter), Ruth Daniell and Eleanor Ruther­ford,...

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