This year's Fereday Prize, for a project on Orkney history by an S2 pupil in KGS or Stromness Academy, was today awarded to KGS pupil Megan Waterston for her project 'Has Westray Processors been of economic benefit to Westray?'. The KGS runner-up was Courtney Russell and third place among KGS pupils went to Josie Groat. First prize for Stromness was won by Charlie Fulton, with Jamie Barbour runner-up and Gareth McLaughlin in third place.
At the prize-giving, which was held in KGS library, the judges commended all the pupils for their efforts and the high standard of their projects, and reminded them that they were lasting contributions to Orkney history which would go on to be used in the future by researchers in the Orkney Archive.
The complete list of prize winners is:
Overall Winner and 1st Prize for KGS
Megan Waterston - Has Westray Processors Been of Economic Benefit to Westray?
2nd Prize for KGS
Courtney Russell - Just Dance
3rd Prize for KGS
Josie Groat - The History of the Drill Hall
1st Prize for SA
Charlie Fulton - Why is There Such a Strong Tradition of Home Brew in Orkney?
2nd Prize for SA
Jamie Barbour - History of Athletics in Orkney
3rd Prize for SA
Gareth McLaughlin - Men of Harray
Very Highly Commended
Erika Poke - Sandwick Parish FC
Nairn Hall - How Significant was the Find of the Orkney Venus to the Island of Westray?
Ewan Howe - Coast Defence Batteries
Abbey Budge - Who Started the Co-operative now known as the Workshop and the Loft Gallery?
Rosanne Copland - Witchcraft in Orkney
Alex Muir - Geramount
Kate Friel - Rousay School: a history
Emma Rendall - The Otter Bank
Alex Cooper - How did the Nicolson Fleet Evolve Through the Years?
Aidan Brown - How has Hatston Evolved over the Years?
Robbie Kirkpatrick - Tom Ward: the first Orcadian Olympian
Aimee Sinclair - The Stromness Shops
Keighley Clark - The Battle of Jutland in Orkney
Daisy Beckwith-Wyman - The History of Radio in Orkney
Zoe Hourston - Kirbister Farm Museum
Ethank Johnston - Barony Mills
Ava Hamilton - Gorn Farm
Daniel Kirkpatrick - What Makes Yesnaby a Special Place?
Jemma Montgomery - Junior Inter-County
Kirkwall Grammar and Stromness Academy pupils travelled down to Perth to represent Highland area by competing in the Scottish Schools Badminton Union Secondary Championships on Saturday 10th March. The following pupils had qualified from a local event held earlier in the year:
Junior: Alex Cooper, Calvin Slater, Drew Leslie, Isla Donaldson, Leah Gunn, Cady Shearer (all KGS)
Intermediate: Tommy Ballantine, Aidan Foubister, Keira Stevenson, Megan Clouston (all KGS)
Senior: Willis Deans, Tanya Seator, Ingrid Rendall (all SA)
The standard was extremely high, with players from all across Scotland taking part. All players from Orkney rose to the challenge of playing at such a high level and were a credit to both schools with their behaviour on and off court. Winning any matches at this level is a huge achievement – so ‘well done’ in particular to Tommy, Alex, Aidan, Tanya, Ingrid, Keira, Megan and Willis.
Highlights of the competition included Tommy and Aidan reaching the final on the Intermediate Consolation Boys Doubles and only losing out 22-20. Ingrid and Tanya progressed through the main draw of the Senior Girls Doubles only to meet the no. 1 seeds in the quarter finals and put up a fantastic fight, going down 19-21 & 10-21. Tanya partnered up with Willis in the Mixed Doubles, and after losing their first game to the no. 2 seeds they advanced through the stages of the consolation event and convincingly came out overall winners in the final 21-10 – a tremendous achievement!
For most players this was their first experience of competing in a national event of this scale and they did extremely well against very seasoned opponents. Many players also have another year within these age groups so will be looking to qualify and return stronger next year.
Many thanks to Northlink for providing a discount on travel for the group.
Miss R Reid
Congratulations to Courtney Russell in S2, who was placed Highly Commended in the Junior category of the Royal Scottish Academy's Schools Art Award competition. Courtney's watercolour painting of birds on the shoreline was inspired by her sketches from the outdoor sketching activity last June.
Courtney's painting will be on display, alongside the other winners' entries, at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh until the 8th of April.
Congratulations to Callum Croy, who was recently elected in the S1 Modern Studies Mock Election Campaign. Callum and his team pledged to tackle issues such as bringing jobs to Orkney, tackling potholes in roads around the County, improving the shopping experience for residents and bringing back Jungle World! Well done to all pupils who stood as candidates and to all of the teams who worked hard to try to get their candidate elected.
Education is the key to a better future, a route out of poverty and a fundamental human right. But around the world, over 263 million children are still missing out on school. World leaders have promised every child across the globe a quality education; but a key piece of the puzzle is not in place - the MONEY to pay for this education. Leaving 263 million children missing out. The ramifications are global. Yet just at the time it is needed the most, global aid to education is declining.
Kirkwall Grammar School Send My Friend to School campaign champions of 2017, Rajmund Olah and Maya Tams-Gray, invited local MP Alistair Carmichael into school, handing over jigsaw piece schools for him to pass on to the Secretary of State for International Development, the UK Government decision maker on this issue, to call on world leaders to increase their investment in the power of education.
Today an S1-3 assembly was addressed by several KGS pupils who belong to Orkney Young Carers as part of Young Carers Awareness Day. The group described their work and showed a video they had produced with Fixers. It can be seen at
and more information about carers can be found at www.crossroadsorkney.co.uk and www.orkneyyoungcarers.org
Last Friday coach Steven Ferguson came to KGS to lead a session for the under 15 boys. Steven is Ross County's first ever Academy Director and also holds a UEFA Pro Licence, the highest coaching certificate available and the level required for Premiership managers.
All the boys commented that it was a very enjoyable and worthwhile session. Steven in turn was complimentary about the squad. Mr Campbell and Mr Pesci appreciate him giving up his time to coach the boys.
The KGS Under 15 Football squad travelled to Fortrose on Monday morning to play in the quarter-finals of the North of Scotland Schools Cup. Unfortunately, the team weren't able to reproduce the standard of football witnessed against Wick High School and were defeated 8-2 by a very strong Fortrose Academy side, ending this year's quest for silverware. Coaches Bobby Campbell and Ben Pesci would like to thank everyone at Fortrose Academy for their hospitality and everyone at KGS wishes them luck in the next round. A big thank you also to Pentland Ferries and main sponsor R.S. Rendall. Despite the defeat on the pitch the boys certainly looked very good off it in their new training tops!