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School year defines success for Buckhaven

Buckhaven High School's main academic prizewinners, with head teacher Grant Whytock and guest speaker Scott Geissler (picture by George McLuskie)

Buckhaven High School's main academic prizewinners, with head teacher Grant Whytock and guest speaker Scott Geissler (picture by George McLuskie)

Buckhaven High School had savoured success in an assortment of flavours during the academic session just ended.

‘Success’ said head teacher Grant Whytock, was defined by the dictionary as the achievement of something desired, planned or attempted – or a successful performance or achievement.

In his closing address at last week’s award ceremony, he described many of the ways in which Buckhaven had been successful, in exam results and attainment, sport, the arts, and contributing responsibly to the community.

Many pupils were successful in pushing themselves to another level, nationally and locally, he added, while on many occasions, the school had successfully helped others.

The outcomes for students had been improved, while new stages of Curriculum for Excellence were introduced.

“Support from visitors to the school also plays a very important part in informing our young people,” said Mr Whytock.

There had been some positive thinking about the future too, with Levenmouth’s new high school set to open in 2016:

“Many groups are involved in ensuring the success of the project that should provide everything our young people need to prepare them for an ever-changing future,” said Mr Whytock.

“Our young people have been involved in helping with the design of the outside space and how they would like to use it. Staff are beginning to think about the Curriculum and its delivery.

“This, for me, is the key part of the planning: what to teach, how to teach it, and how young people will learn, now and in the future, has to be at the forefront of our thinking, so no matter what the aspirations of the young people are, the new High School can deliver what is needed.

“And what is needed is a way to meet the needs of every individual who accesses the new building – pupils, students and the local community.”

Awards were presented by Scott Geissler – see District News on page 55 for the winners.

 

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