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2nd December 2014 - School Forum    

Biggar High School Pupils

The President welcomed a good turnout of members and guests to the club’s annual open day on Tuesday 2nd December where the school captains and vice-captains from Biggar High School gave a presentation.

To start with there was a brief presentation from Jake and Henry, 2 of the 15 S4 and S5 students who will be going on the Outlook Expeditions trip to Peru in June 2015. They gave an outline of what they could expect on the trip and of the project where they would be working and staying with a local community. Both gave details of the activities they, and the others, had been doing to fund raise towards the cost of the trip – which included bag packing at local supermarkets, and jam making.

After this the school team, Captains Robert McGrath and Aileen Campbell and Vice-Captains April Forrest, Gregor Stewart and Lisa McCranor all spoke, with skill and confidence, of their personal aspirations and ambitions, as well as their other non-school interests and of their place in the wider Biggar community.

Robert explained how his participation in the community project on a previous school trip to Laos had helped develop his social and life skills and how he enjoyed working with the “captain family” at the school. He is hoping to go to university next year.

Through her involvement in the guides, April has achieved a Bronze DOE award. She is hoping to go to university to study Child Nursing and is looking to a career in midwifery or neonatal nursing.

As well as studying French at school, Aileen is taking an OU course in Spanish. Although Spanish is not included in the current curriculum the school has been supporting her with the OU course. She hopes to study French at university.

After taking a gap-year Gregor hopes to go to university to study Mechanical Engineering and hopes work experience he gains in New Zealand will help with this. His sport is rugby and he has been offered the opportunity to train with Glasgow Warriors under-18 squad.

As well as her academic studies, she hopes to study International Business at university, Lisa has an interest in choreography and sings in a vocal ensemble. She has attended a Challenge Enterprise Weekend in Stirling which has help her developed skills which will be of use in her future career.

The students then answered a range of questions from the audience with great skill and aplomb.   The next meeting is on 16th December, when Dr Peter Hughes will talk on Inspiring Youngsters in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.  

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