On Wednesday 28th March, relatives, friends and pupils gathered for Wallace Hall Academy’s annual Senior Celebration of Success evening. The event is a highlight in the school calendar and this year’s ceremony was no exception. It was fantastic to welcome such a large number of guests who joined us in celebrating the achievements of our pupils.
A buoyant atmosphere was set by S6 pupil and pianist, Declan McGarva. Declan played an original piece to accompany our award winners into the Bailey Hall. The audience was greeted by Mrs Robertson, PT Pupil Support, before Mr Blair officially started the evening with a welcome speech. Mr Blair’s speech highlighted an array of successes achieved by pupils throughout this academic year.
Over the course of the evening, students from S4 to S6 proudly received awards in curricular areas and in wider achievement. Between presentations, the audience was treated to musical performances by a number of very talented students. Eve Watson performed a delightful rendition of Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’ and was accompanied by Declan McGarva. Next, he performed with Ailsa Black who wowed the audience with a modern take of Sam Cooke’s ‘What a Wonderful World’. Emily Kennedy, who was recently crowned the Scottish Burns Champion, was next to entertain us with an extract from ‘Tam O’Shanter’. The final performance came from Annabelle Guthrie who, along with Declan, treated everyone to an American folk song, ‘Shennandoh’.
The school was proud to welcome back the recently retired Margaret Miller as the guest speaker. Mrs Miller shared humorous experiences and words of wisdom before ending her speech with future well-wishes for our pupils. A presentation from the Head Boy and Head Girl followed, with Scott Clancy and Jemma Gordon taking to the stage to give a review of their year in post and of their past six years at Wallace Hall Academy.
Mrs Robertson gave closing remarks before the ceremony came to an end. The evening was enjoyable for all and a great success, thanks to everyone who played a role in attending, performing at and organising the event.