Wallace High School held a special end of year ceremony in late June in recognition of the tremendous achievement of nine of its pupils. The pupils, from forms one and two, have all achieved platinum Awards in the school’s merit system. Head of Form One Mr David Twyble explained, “All pupils in forms one to three are given a merit card in which members of staff can record significant aspects of positive work, effort or conduct. These can range from academic excellence and improved effort to acts of kindness and maturity.
When we first introduced the merit system a few years ago we thought that 20 % of our pupils may achieve a Gold Award. we were very pleasantly surprised when we realised that the outstanding effort and commitment of our young people meant that the Award system needed to be extended to include a Platinum Status.”
Vice Principal Miss Elizabeth Ramsey welcomed pupils, parents and representatives from the pupils’ feeder primary schools to the Awards Ceremony. She said, “We are very proud of these pupils who are “all rounders”. It is a pleasure to read their merit cards which reflect their outstanding achievement throughout this school year.
They have made a fantastic start to life in Wallace and I have no doubt that they will continue to flourish in future years.”
Mr Twyble congratulated the pupils and paid tribute to the support of thier parents and the excellent work of their primary schools. “You must be very proud of these talented and enthusiastic young people who are prepared not only to get but also to give in life.”
Mr Rowan Black, a member of Wallace’s Board of Governors, presented the awards to the nine pupils , taking time to present a special award to Form One Pupil who gained the highest total of merits commented, “I’ve really enjoyed my first year at Wallace. I’ve taken part in several extra curricular activities including debating and Netball and I’ve enjoyed learning new subjects such as Home Economics and French. I’m looking forward to my second year and I hope I can achieve many merits then too.”
Following the presentation pupils, parents and their primary teachers had the chance to relax over afternoon tea, providing a fitting end to what has been a very successful year for these young people.
Last modified: February 24, 2016