A former Rothesay Academy pupil who is now vice-chancellor of one of Britain’s newest universities returned to his old school this week to present its main academic prize-winners with their awards.
The Rev Professor Peter Neil, a Rothesay Academy pupil between 1974 and now vice-chancellor of Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, presented certificates of general excellence to pupils in S1-S4, and gold and silver general excellence awards in S5 and S6, as well as the principal prizes to the school’s top academic performers.
In his address, Mr Neil said it was “a great privilege” to have been invited back to the school, and gave the pupils four pieces of advice he said would stand them in good stead in their future studies and careers: to strive for excellence in everything you do; to be flexible; to take every chance offered to you; and to value the skills and expertise of others.
This year, for the first time, the Academy’s prize-giving was split into two sections: an Achievement Awards ceremony was held on the last day of the summer term, with the school’s main academic awards presented on Thursday, allowing the latter to be based, for the first time, on pupils’ performances in the main SQA examinations, instead of on prelim results as in the past.
* More from the Academy’s prize-giving ceremony in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, September 5.