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Keith Grammar School head teacher praises determination of pupils at awards night as Cassie Findlay wins Dux


By Jonathan Clark

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KEITH Grammar School pupils have been recognised for a year of hard work with an array of awards.

Pupils from S6 all the way down to S1 received recognition for their efforts – with the Dux going to Cassie Findlay, who was also, along with Dodie Simmers, joint-winner of the Moray Young Citizen of the Year.

The DUX winner was Cassie Findlay.
The DUX winner was Cassie Findlay.

The S6 All Round Prize was awarded to Kirstie Low, while the Focus 350 Prize went to Gregor Clark. The Jamus Macpherson Prize for all round academic attainment and wider achievement went to Jessica Morrison.

The Focus 350 Prize was won by Gregor Clark.
The Focus 350 Prize was won by Gregor Clark.
Jessica Morrison was the winner of the The Jamus Macpherson Prize for all round academic attainment and wider achievement.
Jessica Morrison was the winner of the The Jamus Macpherson Prize for all round academic attainment and wider achievement.

Head teacher Alan Bruce lauded the “determination and resilience” of young people at the awards, which took place on Tuesday.

Mr Bruce, who took over in the head teacher role in November 2020, said that standards set by pupils at Keith Grammar had “surpassed the impact of a global pandemic”.

Speaking at the awards event, he said: “This event is not only a celebration of the winners of academic and special awards, it is a celebration of our school community and every young person at Keith Grammar.

Alan Bruce, head teacher of Keith Grammar School. Picture: Eric Cormack
Alan Bruce, head teacher of Keith Grammar School. Picture: Eric Cormack

“We have seen significant changes at Keith Grammar School, particularly over the last two years. No one could have foreseen the impact of Covid-19 in early 2020 and yet young people have continued to set high expectations and standards that have surpassed the impact of a global pandemic.

“Your determination, resilience and courage to keep going when it has been at its most difficult is a true inspiration. It shows a strength of character to keep going when life is at its hardest and it just shows your potential to continue on to achieve great things."

Awards in full

Attainment awards:

St Rufus, Botriphnie and Grange Church Prize for English – Rhea Burgess

The Sean Mulligan Optician Prize for Science – Siena Clark

Shears Hair and Beauty Retreat Prize for Art – Siobhan Donnison

L Jex Prize for Animal Care – Isla Duncan

John G Robb Prize for Modern Studies – Cassie Findlay

The Macpherson-Allan Prize for Physical Education – Shayne Gordon

The Tesco Prize for Practical Cookery – Anna Grant

The Rotary Club of Keith Prize for German – Jake Grant

Peterkins Prize for Administration – Abbie Kellas

Keith North Churches Prize for RMPS – Daniel Kemp

The James Bream Prize for Engineering Science – Ben Kidd

G&M Whyte Prize for Computing – Robbie McAskie

Alexander Ogilvie Prize for Travel and Tourism - Catherine McKenzie

The Green Prize for Geography – Connor Maver

Clarks Pharmacy Prize for Physics – Bent Michielsen

S Simmers and Sons Prize for Mathematics – Bert Michielsen

The Muirton Control Prize for Graphic Communication – Bert Michielsen

L Jex Prize for Rural Skills – Jake Morison

E W Simmers and Son Prize for impROVise for working well under pressure – Jessica Morrison

The Alison Harper Memorial Prize for PSE – Harry Nicol

Harry Nicol was the winner of the Alison Harper Memorial Prize for PSE.
Harry Nicol was the winner of the Alison Harper Memorial Prize for PSE.

The Muirton Control Prize for French – Kate Porter

The Mark Taylor Prize for Cake Craft – Megan Riach

The Paul Nicoll Prize for Practical Woodwork – Alexander Shand

Drummuir Estate Prize for Music – Dodie Simmers

The Alan Rettie Prize for Biology – Dodie Simmers

Frank McLean and Son Prize for Chemistry – Dodie Simmers

The Keith Grammar School Prize for Business Studies - Emma Stephen

Dr and Mrs G Sim Prize for History – Fiona Stewart

Banffshire/Kronach Exchange Prize for Most Improved in German – Amy Thomson

The Macpherson-Allan Prize for Leadership – Elyse Chapman, Katie Dunbar and Cassie Findlay

S4-6 special awards:

Prize for Participation – Kate Stratford; Prize for being Responsible – Rhea Burgess; Prize for being Healthy – Wiekus Van Straaten;

Prize for being Respectful – Hannah Innes; Prize for Positive Attitude – Skye Maver; Prize for being Aspirational – Gavin Brown; Prize for Perseverance – Millie Addison; The Thoroughly Decent Award – Fraser Davidson; Prize for Community Involvement – Aaron Stewart; Prize for undertaking opportunities that develop Skills for Life, Learning and Work – Erin McHardy; The Agriculture Award – Jayne Mitchell; Prize for Work Experience – Jamie Dalton.

S1-3 special awards: Aspirational – Caitlin Brown, Lucy Mark; Respectful – Cameron Elliott, Duncan Milne; Healthy – Finn Davidson, Lilly Dunbar; Responsible – Caitlyn Bayliss, James Carey; Participation – James Craib, Ruby Kellas; Positive Attitude – Fynn Chapman, Kenna Johnston.

Merit awards: S1 – Duncan Milne, Alfie Rogers; Bronze – Eilidh Hourston; Silver – Abby Fraser; Gold – Emma Davidson.

S2 – James Carey, Rachael Fraser; Bronze – Ellen Largue; Silver – Kirsty Simmers; Gold – Lucy Mark.

S3 – Ross W Dalgarno, Hillary Davidson; Bronze – Ella More; Silver – Jessica Morrison; Gold – Ferre Michielsen.

S4 – Abbie Kellas, Robbie McAskie, Alexander Shand; Bronze – Kate Rettie; Silver – Ben Kidd; Gold – Kate Porter.

S5 – Siobhan Donnison, Katie Dunbar, Cassie Findlay, Fiona Stewart; Bronze – Lauren Gerrie; Silver – Aimee Stronach; Gold – Tara Cruickshank.


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