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Thurso High School
Thurso High Group Receive Princess Diana Memorial Awards
Thurso High School’s S6 Pupil Support Group were presented with Princess Diana Memorial Awards for Anti-Bullying activities and M.V. Awards at Gold, Silver and Bronze. They were presented with their awards in North Highland College by Dr F. Grant, Thurso High School’s Rector, and Mrs Catherine Paterson, M.V. Awards Development Officer for Caithness.

Also present were Mrs H. McLean, Deputy Head, who worked with the Group and nominated them for the Awards, and members of the Caithness People First Group.

The Group have been extremely successful in all of their activities. The 25-strong group received weekly anti-bullying and child protection training, to help them in their work around the school. They ran paired reading, a lunchtime project helping first year pupils with their reading skills, and cloakroom duty, which involved supervising the junior area during lunch. Additionally, they set up successful lunchtime clubs for younger pupils. They also started two sub-groups.

The Smoking Cessation Group provided support for other pupils struggling with a smoking habit. They are currently rehearsing an anti-smoking play set to tour local primary schools. Another group worked closely with members of the People First Group to promote an awareness of those with additional needs.

None of this would have been possible without the help of Mrs McLean, who gave them the opportunity to take part in Pupil Support. The Group showed their appreciation by presenting her with flowers and a card during the ceremony. There were also chocolates for Alison Gibbon, chairperson of the People First Group.

The ceremony was an excellent send-off for the Thurso High School Pupil Support Group.