School’s unique pictorial record

Senior pupils at The Waid with copies of the book.
Senior pupils at The Waid with copies of the book.

A stunning photographic record of a year in the life of The Waid Academy has been officially launched at the Anstruther school.

St Andrews photographer Peter Adamson spent a year photographing anything and everything at The Waid, from classroom activities and sports events, to community involvement and awards ceremonies.

His images have now been used to produce a unique book capturing every aspect of the school.

Headteacher Iain Hughes said: “We wanted to do a couple of projects to mark the school being 125 years old, and someone came up with this idea.

“Peter is a good friend of the school and his photographs are fabulous, so we asked him if he’d consider doing it and were delighted when he accepted.

“He came up to the school and took the photographs at all the events and in the classrooms, and, over the year, it just built up and built up, and then it was a matter of getting it published.”

Mr Hughes said everyone was really pleased with the publication, which pictured every aspect of the school, highlighted the strength of its links with the community, and captured the ethos of The Waid.

And for the pupils featured in the book, it was something they would be able to look back on in years to come.

“It’s a snapshot of the school,” said Mr Hughes. “From a historical point of view, it’s a great piece of work. We’re all very proud of it.”

Peter Adamson has been taking photographs for more years than he probably cares to remember.

So when he describes his time taking pictures at The Waid as one of his best assignments, it’s certainly some compliment to everyone involved in the project.

Peter said: “The year I spent at The Waid was one of immeasurable pleasure and satisfaction.

“The Waid is a very special place, and that comes from the rector and his enthusiasm, and all the dedicated teachers and staff. I’ve been fortunate to work with some wonderful people on this project.”

Peter liaised with senior pupil Sophie Whittle who alerted him to events and arranged many photographic opportunities, and also worked closely with head girls Rachael Grieve and Naomi Band, and the school’s business manager Dawn Redman, but he stressed everyone has been extremely helpful and supportive.

Sophie, who is now studying photography at Fife College in Dunfermline, said being involved in the project had made her more determined to follow her chosen career path.

“I love the book,” she said. “It is full of many memories and it will be treasured by many of us for years to come.”