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Success for Kemnay Academy agricultural group

By Rachael Glennie

Kemnay Academy has won the Secondary Schools category at Lantra Scotland’s ALBAS (Awards for Land-based and Aquaculture Skills), which took place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dunblane Hydro.

Kemnay Academy's Sandra Buchan with pupils XYZ and host Jim Smith at the Lantra Scotland ALBAS Awards
Kemnay Academy's Sandra Buchan with pupils XYZ and host Jim Smith at the Lantra Scotland ALBAS Awards

Lantra Scotland provides training, qualifications and skills for the agriculture, aquaculture and environmental sector.

In 2017, Kemnay Academy set up The Farming and Countryside Group where pupils meet on a weekly basis to discuss their farming experiences and share their news.

The group planned the first Kemnay Academy Country Show in May 2018 with the support of school staff and the local farming community.

The pupils involved in the awards were Steven Stewart (S4), Andrew Sharp (S4) and Lewis Smith ( S2) who have taken a lead in the development and organisation of the Kemnay Academy Country Show and their work has inspired a new group of six S1 pupils to help with the organisation this year.

Commenting Sandra Buchan, principal teacher at the Science Faculty said: “We are delighted to win an ALBAS award.

"This is credit to all the pupils who have been involved in our Farming and Countryside Group.

"Since 2017, the pupils have developed useful skills in communication and literacy not to mention building their confidence.”

According to Lantra’s Scotland Director, Liz Barron-Majerik, the awards are a very effective way of recognising the success of trainees in Scotland’s rural sector, as well as getting employers involved in growing the next generation of talent.

She said: “The ALBAS showcase the many incredible people who have joined Scotland’s land-based, aquaculture and environmental conservation industries and who are getting their careers underway.

“I know our judges were very impressed again with the quality of the nominations, so I would like to congratulate all of the finalists, as well as the winners.

"They were all of a very high standard indeed.”

To find out more about the ALBAS or Lantra Scotland, visit www.scotland.lantra.co.uk.

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