Rector: “I am so proud to lead Viewforth High School”

Viewforth High award winners: head boy, Matthew Mill; Matthew Simkin, Jordan Mack; Shannen Wilson and head girl Aimee Olding and Aimee Crombie
Viewforth High award winners: head boy, Matthew Mill; Matthew Simkin, Jordan Mack; Shannen Wilson and head girl Aimee Olding and Aimee Crombie
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VIEWFORTH High School’s new rector says she has been impressed by the students, staff and local community input since taking up her new post in February.

Speaking at the school’s prizegiving ceremony last week, Lynn Porter said: “I have been privileged to spend 125 days leading this school.

Viewforth S4 pupil Panasche Dzambo, who won nine awards, with Depute Rector Mr Dixon

Viewforth S4 pupil Panasche Dzambo, who won nine awards, with Depute Rector Mr Dixon

“In those 125 days I have been highly impressed by the range and the quality of the experiences which are offered to the young people of Viewforth. I have been delighted to meet the pupils during my daily headteacher interviews and to hear their views of Viewforth High School.

“They have told me that they are proud of this school and that they are served well by all of the staff here. The young people consistently tell me that Viewforth High School is like a big family where everyone looks out for each other and staff always “go the extra mile” to make sure that the young people have a wide range of activities on offer as well as a high quality learning and teaching experience in the classroom.

She told the assembled audience of parents, grandparents, siblings and friends that she had originally wanted to become a social worker, but her parents were not sure it was the right profession for her.

“They both knew that I wanted to do a job that made a difference to young people’s lives, and when I decided that teaching was the most effective way to make that difference they were delighted.”

Viewforth High's award winners. head boy, Matthew Mill; Matthew Simkin, Jordan Mack, Shannen Wilson, head girl Aimee Olding and Aimee Crombie

Viewforth High's award winners. head boy, Matthew Mill; Matthew Simkin, Jordan Mack, Shannen Wilson, head girl Aimee Olding and Aimee Crombie

She added that she had been brought up to expect to work hard and thanked her parents for their high expectations and making her realise how important her education was.

“Our young people need to take every opportunity they can to develop their knowledge, their skills and their talents. Here at Viewforth there are many opportunities on offer that will ensure that every young person can achieve their potential. Our young people need to realise that their destiny is in their hands.”

And she finished with an inspirational quote from Nelson Mandela: “There is no passion to be found in playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”