Cross Party Group on Co-operatives Meeting
at The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
Rachael Bishop and Thomas McKenzie - S6 pupils were invited to speak at the Cross Party Group on Co-operatives meeting at The Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 9th October. They were accompanied to Edinburgh by Mr Walker and Mrs Waughman. The pupils delivered a presentation on their experiences of working towards the co-operative studies award and working as a Young Enterprise Co-operative. The pupils spoke, very eloquently, on the work of LACE - Loudoun Academy Co-operative Enterprises and the skills they gained from the experience.
Mr Willie Coffey MSP who chaired the event commented on how professional Rachael and Thomas were and how confident in their delivery -a daunting task in such a prestigious event.
Rachael and Thomas were then given an impromptu tour of the Parliament building and got their photographs taken in the 'hot seat' - Alex Salmonds chair in the Debating Chamber.
The pupils were excellent advocates for Loudoun Academy and their presentation highlighted the excellent work going on in the school in this area. Morag Pendry and Hugh Donnelly of the Co-op educational Trust were delighted with the presentation given by Rachael and Thomas.
The Sir Tom Hunter Challenge
A Loudoun Academy team won the Sir Tom Hunter Challenge event at St Joseph’s Academy on the 17th June. The team were Aaron Collins, Shaun Robertson, Harry Dawson, Megan Thom, Beth McCulloch, Cameron Wilson and James Baird. The pupil’s pitch to the judges was tremendous and they answered some very detailed questions about the product. Thanks go to Lesley Whiteside, Stuart Beattie and Evelyn Waughman for the huge amount of work that went into getting the pupils ready for the event. In addition, our business input from Craig Johnstone and Iain D Sim (Accountant) is greatly appreciated. The trophy has been on display in the school for everyone to see and we will shortly receive the £3000 prize and a visit to the Sir Tom Hunter Foundation Hatchery in Dundonald for the pupils to receive input to developing the "Loudoun Academy School App". Congratulations to all.
Creative Writing Competition
Alisdair Madden, S6 won the S5/6 Sheila Millar Creative Writing competition and Gaby Anderson, who has now left, was the runner up. Both have been awarded certificates and book tokens.
John McCracken - Local Cycling Hero
Former Loudoun Academy school teacher John McCracken was announced recently as the winner of Skyride’s Local Cycling Hero award. See more details here.