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Effort and attainment rewarded at Milne’s High prizegiving


By Alan Beresford



Dux Calum Macpherson with his Sir Ashley Mackintosh Medal. Picture: Beth Taylor
Dux Calum Macpherson with his Sir Ashley Mackintosh Medal. Picture: Beth Taylor

STUDENTS, staff and family members came together to celebrate a year of success when Milne’s High School held their annual prizegiving.

Achievements in the classroom, sports field and the wider community were all honoured at the event, which was held in Fochabers Public Institute.

It was an evening to remember for Calum Macpherson who was presented with the Sir Ashley Mackintosh Medal as Dux of the school.

The guest speaker at the prizegiving is something of a high flier - quite literally. Getting a warm Milne’s welcome was former student Felix Lilleyman who is now first officer co-pilot at Bristow Helicopters.

In her keynote address, rector Jemma Playfair said she was “immensely proud” of what had been achieved at Milne’s during the school year and that it was a “difficult task” to sum up how good it had been.

She went on to focus on the central role played by the school’s three core principles - resilience, respect and responsibility.

She continued: “I firmly believe that exam results do not define a young person.

“School is so much more than a young person’s attainment, however, it is always great to see how happy some of our young people are on exam results day.

“This year we had new records of young people getting six As at National 5 and an increased number of young people gaining level six awards (equivalent to a Higher grade).

“That being said, I am mostly proud of our positive leaver’s destination figure at Milne’s High School. This year we have 97 per cent of our young people moving onto a positive and sustained destination. This is down to parents/carers, staff and the young people all working together to get it right.

“This is something that really fills my bucket as a head teacher seeing our young people leave school happy and ready to move onto their next adventure in life.”

She went on to highlight the recent rip to Tanzania and the beginning of a new link between Milne’s and the African nation.

Concluding, Mrs Playfair added: “Milne’s High School is more than just a school, it is a community that is committed to ensuring each and every young person gets the best experience throughout their school years.

“We are at a point, where despite the challenges we face in Scottish education, we do have lots to look forward to next session.

“I am positive that with our committed pupils, dedicated staff and supportive school community Milne’s High School will continue to go from strength to strength next session.“

The awards ceremony was a proud moment for these prizewinners. Picture: Beth Taylor
The awards ceremony was a proud moment for these prizewinners. Picture: Beth Taylor

Prizewinners:

S1&2 awards: YPI - Alex Lambourne & Fraser Fettes; S1 Award for Academic Achievement - Lettice Muckle & Chloe Campbell. S2 Award for Academic Achievement - Poppy Lindsay & Jimmy King.

S3 awards: Neve Harrold - Administration, French, History, Art & Design; Corrie Norcross - Business; Calum Harper - Computing, Chemistry, Maths, Physics; Sarah Russell - Dance, Modern Studies; Alana Doherty - Design & Manufacture; Eilidh Smith - English, Biology; Arran Palmer - Maths (ASN); Dylan Younie - English (ASN); Sunny Dunwell - Science; Luke Sheal - Geography, Music; Zoe Beange - Hospitality; Cal Spooner - Music Technology; Zennor Muckle - Religion & Philosophy; Leo Winchester - Woodwork; Fraser Masson - PE.

Captains & Kindness Ambassadors: Oscar Kendall-Elcock - House Captain for Tynet; Dominik Lemanski - House Captain for Tynet; Niamh Sidney - House Captain for Inchberry; Rowan Morrison - House Captain for Inchberry; Beth Manson - House Captain for Spey; Mia Jackson - House Captain for Spey; Orla Younie - Kindness Ambassador; Phoebe Lindsey - Kindness Ambassador; Caitlin Parnaby - School Captain; Lauren Murray - School Captain.

SP awards: Scott McPherson - N5 Administration; Lauren Murray - H Administration; Alice Jackson - N5 Art & Design; Beth Manson - H Art & Design; Amy Jackson - AH Art & Design; Logan Chisholm & Kirstie Burke - N1 ASN (joint award); Gregor Milne - N5 Biology; Hannah Jupp - H Biology, H French; Alex Rattray - N5 Business Management, N5 Geography; Dominik Lemanski - H Business Management, H Design & Manufacture; Gregor Milne - N5 Chemistry, N5 Physics; Calum Macpherson - H Chemistry, H Maths, H Physics; Eilidh Hay - AH Chemistry; Arwyn Whyte - N5 Computing, N4 Applications of Maths; Leon Jagger - H Computing; Caledonia Anderson - N5 Dance; Connie Whelan - H Dance; William Armitt - Design & Manufacture; Kaitlyn Giles - Design & Manufacture; William Armitt - N4 Engineering Science; Alex Chambers - N5 Engineering Science; Finn Askew - H Engineering Science; Amber Corden - N4 English, N4 Applications of Maths, N5 Practical Cookery, N5 Woodwork; Ethan Lambourne - N5 English; Cali Rattray - H English; Emily Bremner - AH English; Erin Shand - N5 French, N5 Philosophy; Ellen Nicol - H Geography, AH History, AH Music; Hebe Muckle - AH Geography, AH Maths, H RMPS; Skye Gardiner - N4 History; Robbie McTurk - N5 History, N5 Modern Studies; Amelia Lockhart - H History, H Modern Studies; Fergus Smith - N4 Maths, N4 Modern Studies; Alexa Mann - H Applications of Maths; Daniel Murray - N5 Music; Anna Russell - H Music; Grace Urquhart - Level 45 Sport & Fitness; Jake Newlands - N5 PE; Mia Jackson - H PE; Ellie Thomson-Bialy - AH PE; Josh Hart - H Philosophy; Catherine Lewis - H Politics; Alan Brown - N5 RMPS; Connor Blackhall - N3 Science; Zac Rees-Munro - N4 Science; Finlay Archibald.

Sport & special awards: Rose Morrison - The Murray Trophy for 1st Year Girls; Grigor Wright - The Murray Trophy for 1st Year Boys; Isla Hay - The 2nd Year Girls’ Athletics Trophy; Rory Fraser - The 2nd Year Boys’ Athletics Trophy; Alex Whelan - Fochabers Bi-Centenary Trophy for 3rd Year Girls, Moir Trophy for Effort and Endeavour, Donald Morrison Junior Footballer of the Year; Rory Lyall - Fochabers Bi-Centenary Trophy for 3rd Year Boys; Aaron McPherson - McPherson Trophy for Senior Boys Champion; Hannah Jupp - McPherson Trophy for Senior Girls Champion; Catherine Lewis - The ‘Cos’ Trophy (Hockey) Player of the Year; Neve Cruickshank - Moray Secondary Schools Golf Division 2 Champion.

Sponsored awards: Ruby Yaxley - Merit Awards (Paul Devine Trophy) 2024; Chloe Campbell - Speyside Homes Bicentenary Rosebowl for Excellence in Performing Arts; Tadd Ward - The Donald Morrison Creative Writing Prize; Finn Askew - British Steel Distribution In Recognition of Technological Achievement, Sir James Sivewright Medal for Senior Phase; Amber Corden - The Gordon Baxter Culinary Award; Toluwani Arojojoye - The Ena Baxter Art & Design Award; Erin McPherson, Hannah Cameron, Phoebe Teasdale & Emily Paterson - Milne’s High Soup Challenge Supported by Baxters; Iona Macleod, Brogan Munro, Zennor Muckle & Calum Harper - The Christie Cup for Special Achievement Awarded to Enterprising Maths Team; Izzy Macpherson - The Cantlie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Personal and Social Progression; Jake Shand - The Molly-May ‘Believe’ Award; Sno Wood - The Ryan Morton Memorial Trophy; Antony Lewis - Ishbel Lena Macrae Award for Leadership in BGE; Caiden Allan & Calum Harper - Special Service to the School Community; Sophie Thurston - Lennox Community Council Award; Andrew Thompson - Develop Young Workforce Award; Hebe Muckle & Ellie Thomson-Bialy - Head Teacher’s Award to School Captains; Calum Harper - Munro Medal for Broad General Education (S1-S3); Finn Askew - Sir James Sivewright Medal for Senior Phase.

Dux of the School - Sir Ashley Mackintosh Medal - Calum Macpherson.


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