On Monday of this week I had the pleasure of accompanying my colleague Emily Connell from our English department to the award ceremony for the Pushkin prizes for 2012. The ceremony took place in the imposing surroundings of Archers' hall in Edinburgh. Our hostess for the day was Lady Butter, the founder and Chairman of The Pushkin Prizes in Scotland. A highlight of the day was listening to some of the work that these really talented pupils produced.
We attended to support and celebrate the achievement of William Goodrich (S2 in Gillespie's) who won one of the prizes. Very well done to William! Shortly after the prizegiving ceremony concluded all the prizewinners were whisked off to sunnier climes to attend a week's residential creative writing course at the Arvon Foundation Writers' Centre at Moniack Mhor, near Inverness.
I am delighted to learn that Gillespie's has enjoyed similar successes in this competition over the years. Well done to our English department, superbly led by Allan Crosbie, for encouraging our pupils so enthusiastically.