Buckhaven High prepares for winds of change

Head teacher Grant Whytock, seated centre, guests and academic winners at Buckhaven High School. Pic: George McLuskie
Head teacher Grant Whytock, seated centre, guests and academic winners at Buckhaven High School. Pic: George McLuskie

Buckhaven High’s head teacher chose a simple but broad theme for his end of term speech, as the school entered its final year of existence.

‘Change’ was examined in depth by Grant Whytock at the closing academic ceremony, in which all at Methilhaven Road reflected on the activities and hard work which had made the 2014-15 session one of the most successful in recent times.

We have become a better school, better exam results, wider achievement, better citizens and happier as a result.

The word ‘change’ would be heard a lot in the next 12 months, he said. But, in the 12 months just past, many positive changes had taken place.

The word could mean ‘to become something different’.

“We have become a better school, better exam results, wider achievement, better citizens and happier as a result,” he said.

It could also mean ‘to replace’ and Mr Whytock added: “This is a glimpse into the future as the new school takes shape.”

Buckhaven continued the school ‘colours’ scheme, which recognised major achievement – while something which did not change was the multitude of ways in which the school continues to help others. A range of initiatives on the timetable aimed to assist young people into positive destinations after school.

The community was being invited to join in the school’s valedictory plans. “A Buckhaven events group has been set up to co-ordinate a programme to mark our last year,” said Mr Whytock. “There will be numerous opportunities to come in and see us, relive past memories and say goodbye to the school.” Staff were already working hard to prepare a new school in 2016 “offering everything our young people need for an ever-changing future.” Mr Whytock added: “The teaching staff here are the hardest working and most committed I’ve ever worked with. They’ll do their utmost to provide the best for the young people of Levenmouth using their vast experience and bundles of energy.”