Borders College

Schools Academy pupils celebrate success

The Borders College Schools Academy Programme recently held their annual award ceremony at Borders College to celebrate the achievements of the pupils that staff felt deserved special recognition.

As always the ceremony was a huge success and very well attended, with pupils collecting their awards in front proud parents, carers, staff and schools. 32 students received certificates and vouchers in recognition of their outstanding achievements, and two students were presented with special achievement awards at the end of the ceremony.

The winners were as follows:

For Early Education and Childcare National 4, the awards went to Jack Innes, Kaye Park, Elle Stewart and Jodie McNeill. For NPA Journalism, the award went to Jessica Little. Higher Psychology saw the prize go to Lukas Bottcher, while Mairi Irvine and Charlie Ormiston collected the top places for Higher Sociology. Reece Alexander and Fraser Jack took the awards for Engineering, while Max Wylie, Jake Webb and Kylie Logan received the accolade for Engineering Automotive Skills National 4. In Landbased Rural Skills, Lee Scott and Greg Ralston were presented with the top spot, while Landbased Animal Care saw Kirsty Gibb take the prize.

For Construction Crafts Academy Joinery, Leon Dalgliesh and Justin Kelly scooped the award. In the Construction Crafts Academy Painting, the accolades went to Luke Nixon and Danny Thom. Benjamin Gunn Grieve and Justin Kelly took the awards for Construction Crafts Academy Brickwork, while the Construction Crafts Academy Plumbing prizes went to Leon Dalgliesh and Evan Kirkpatrick.

NPA Software Development saw Tom Hoggart, Michael Kerr and Isaac Kane take the awards, while the Aspiring Performers Programme award was taken by Max Paschke. For Computing Science, Taylor Joseph Scott and Carly Gibson came out on top, while Sophie Mulvey, Hannah Watson, Thea Hall and Emma Armatage all scooped the top places for VRQ 1 Hairdressing and Beauty.

The Special achievement awards were presented at the end of the ceremony, with Lee Scott taking the Borders College Overall Winner award.

Lee’s lecturer Andrew Johnson commented:

“Lee is one of the hardest working young students we have ever had on the Rural Skills course. Lee shows enthusiasm for any task when with the College, whether it is brashing and pruning, fencing, working with livestock or helping with on-site tasks. I have witnessed him ‘running’ between jobs when on the course, he is that keen! He is highly motivated and his attitude and enthusiasm for any given task has helped the group bond as a team, but he is also equally comfortable working alone.”

Jodie McNeill was the overall winner of the Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Employability award.

Jodie’s lecturer Mandy Loftus commented:

“Jodie is an outstanding student, her academic work is exemplary and she is an asset to the class. She is caring, supportive and has a genuine desire to work in the Early Years sector. She will become an excellent Practitioner.”

The Borders College Schools Academy Programme has been running for many years now and provides an integrated approach to education, where senior phase pupils are given the opportunity to learn a range of vocational skills, both practical and academic. These skills provide them with a vocational pathway on to further and higher education at a range of different levels.

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Published: Fri 3rd May, 2019