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Ella and Jordanna win Police Scotland Video Competition

Two senior Wallace Hall Academy pupils collected a cheque for £500 last week for winning a competition organised by Police Scotland to raise awareness of sheep worrying.

Earlier this year, as part of their Rural Skills Agriculture course, Jordanna Hall and Ella Jordan made a powerful video highlighting the concerning issues of sheep worrying. They were delighted to be announced as the first prize winners for Dumfries and Galloway, winning £500 for the school.

Although the winners were announced and the winning video posted on the Police Scotland Facebook page in March 2020, due to Coronavirus restrictions the prize for the competition was not presented until recently. Chloe Ellis, Police Community Constable from Police Scotland, Tracey McEwan of Tarff Valley Ltd and Gemma Waugh, lecturer at SRUC Barony Campus visited the school on Friday 18th September to present the cheque to the girls and to congratulate them on the quality of their video which they said “did a great job in highlighting the issues of sheep worrying in the countryside.”

Neil Miller, teacher of the Rural Skills and Agriculture class at Wallace Hall Academy, said: “I am delighted that Jordanna and Ella’s entry was chosen as the winning video. The prize money will be used to develop activities used during the class, including the use of our polytunnels to grow vegetables. Thank you to Police Scotland, Tarff Valley, Scottish Rural Universities and Colleges (SRUC), Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC) and the National Farmers Union of Scotland for organising and sponsoring this competition.”


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