Rothesay Academy prize-giving to be split in two

Rothesay Academy's annual prize-giving ceremony will be split in two this year, with an 'achievement awards' event on the last day of term followed by the presentation of academic awards on the evening of Thursday, August 29.
Rothesay Academy's annual prize-giving ceremony will be split in two this year, with an 'achievement awards' event on the last day of term followed by the presentation of academic awards on the evening of Thursday, August 29.

Rothesay Academy’s annual prize-giving ceremony is to be split into two sections, the school has announced.

Following discussions between pupils, parents and staff, the traditional end-of-year event has been divided into two separate ceremonies - one for academic awards and one for achievement.

The ‘achievement awards’ ceremony will take place this year on the last day of the summer term - Friday, June 28 - at Rothesay Joint Campus, while the school’s academic awards will now be presented at a separate event on the evening of Thursday, August 29.

The move will allow academic awards for pupils in S4-S6 to be based on their performance in national SQA examinations, while S1-3 academic prizes will be based on pupils’ attainment across a range of subjects.

The Academy’s depute head teacher, Robin Ferguson, said in a letter that the ‘achievement awards ceremony’, would celebrate “a range of pupil accomplishments” and would include elements of the traditional June awards ceremony.

Mr Ferguson said in his letter: “At this event, we will award the following categories of awards - Recognition Awards, Special Achievement Awards, Leadership and Citizenship Awards as well as a range of prizes to celebrate accomplishments in certain areas of the curriculum, such as music, history, art and physical education.

“In addition to showcasing the achievements of our learners, we will formally introduce the new school and house captains for the session 2013-2014.”