FORMER ‘heidie’ Charlie Robertson was given the Freedom of Kelso High School last Thursday, writes Sally Gillespie.
The guest of honour and main speaker at the school’s celebration of achievement evening also made the presentations to top pupils.
He praised staff and pupils for their ‘can do’ attitude and said they always punched above their weight, an attitude reflected in the broad range of achievements and the importance given to the celebration of these achievements.
Recalling his speech, depute rector Judy Brotherton told TheSouthern: “He stressed the significant benefit of enjoyment and fun in learning and impressed on pupils that the most important message he could give is that throughout life we should continue to learn from every experience and that if we don’t get it right the first time then we should persevere and try again.”
Mr Robertson presented the Bowmont medal, donated by the Duke of Roxburgh, to this year’s Dux, Rose Hadshar and gave out other awards for sport, music, literature, poetry, research and dissertations, modern languages, mathematics, enterprise, Duke of Edinburgh, citizenship, art and services to the school
Rector Ruth McKay earlier welcomed parents, pupils, staff and guests on the school’s front lawn, inviting them to see the work of the pupils during the last year on display.
There was a dance demonstration on the lawn, musicians playing around the school, canapes prepared by pupils and pupil awards and medals on display in the gym.