THE principal of Dunclug College has congratulated pupils and staff on another year of great achievement.
Mr. Neill Oliver, who took up the role on January 1 this year paid tribute to his predecessor Mrs Ruth Wilson saying: “Your Dunclug Family wish you peace, joy, and happiness.”
He tthanked staff, governors and pupils for the support he had received on becoming principal.
He said: “Dunclug College gets into your DNA and the heartbeat grows only stronger for success, for growth, for belonging… for the Dunclug Family! I enjoy the walks at breaks and lunch times – the conversations with pupils are very real and can reflect that moment in time which helps me to understand their perspective.”
Making mention of the staff he said: “The College would not function without the hard work, loyalty and dedication that the staff show each and every day.
“ I’ve been so impressed by the resilience that has been shown in such a challenging year. I too, have felt your prayers, taken encouragement from our conversations and enjoyed traversing the unchartered territory.”
He continued: “As a combined staff, we are a team – and it is the increased teamwork which drives the potential, secures the success and celebrates achievement.”
Tribute was paid to pupil Brooke Reid who sadly passed away last October. Mr Oliver said she was an “exemplary pupil” and that he was “proud of the way the young people of this college remembered their friend, showed respect to her family and celebrated her life.
Congratulations were extended to Mia Gordon, Rachel Johnston, Aimee Leinster, Morgan McCullough, Rebekah McGall, Harry McMullan, Ruth Morrow, Megan Richard, Noah Robinson, Lorraine Warren and Jude Watterson, who each achieved three A grades or better in this year’s round of A Level results.
In a year group where there were 21 A* Grades and 63 A grades, the following students achieved at least three top grades, two of which were A grades: Josh Bates, Sam Crawford, Hannah Hillis, Jessica Houston, Jason Kernohan, Chloe Larmour, Stuart Lyle, Sophia Marinho McAdory, Ellen McBurney, Luke Millar, Hollie Mills, Erin Moore, Katie Pearson, Tyler Stevenson, Nicole Turtle and Hannah Wilson.
Of those pupils sitting 3 A-levels 81% achieved 3 grades in the A*-C range while 91% of students achieved three successful grades and twelve subject areas achieved 100% A – C grades.
Year 12 pupils, their teachers and parents, can be justly proud of their GCSE achievements in August 2021, which were the best on record. 83% of students achieved a minimum of 5 grades in the A* – C range, with 53% achieving a minimum of 7 grades A*- C including both English and Maths and over 60% achieving 5 grades A*-C including English and Maths.
There was also outstanding A* – C passes in vocational subjects.
Congratulations to top performers with A* - B grades: A Sheppard, E Erwin, C McFetridge, C Devecchis, B Millar, L Weir, C White, S Nicholl, E Witherspoon, S Dundee, E Harkness, L Rennie and K Selwood. Over 40 students achieved at least 2 A*- A grades and a wide range of students achieved combinations of high grades, at least 5 of which came into the A-B range.
There are numerous other excellent combinations of grades in the A* – C range which deserve special credit, and it is also encouraging to note that 100% of all students achieved at least 5 good grades.
The Project Board of Dunclug College has recently confirmed the appointment of John Graham Construction Limited for the technical design and construction of the new Dunclug College within the existing shared site campus.
“The new Dunclug College will remain a key focal point within this shared site and aims to enhance provisions alongside the existing Dunclug Primary and Nursery Schools. This will build on the embedded school ethos of sharing and preparing for life.”
Mr. Oliver added: “This New Dunclug provides a platform to spur fresh conversation, an opportunity to build self-belief, resilience and motivation in pupils, to energise, to reflect with renewed thinking and positivity!”