On Wednesday, June 30, 2004 we reported that...

ENTERPRISING pupils have gone to the top of the class — and scooped their school’s first national award.

The students of Our Lady & St Patrick’s High School were recognised in the Determined to Succeed: National Enterprise in Education Awards for outstanding achievement.

They beat off almost 200 entries to triumph from five finalists in the secondary stages award, part of the Scottish Executive’s Determined to Succeed Strategy which focuses on changing attitudes towards enterprise and ensuring young people have the confidence to succeed in the jobs market.

The work of the school was showcased at an awards dinner in Edinburgh attended by sixth year pupils Amy Carr and Arfan Sohail along with teachers Paul Gallanagh, George Meiklejohn and Elizabeth Cullen. Presenting the awards was Lewis Macdonald, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, who congratulated the OLSP pupils.

He said: “Our school offers enterprise activities across the curriculum and hands-on entrepreneurial experiences.

“They have some outstanding initiatives including OLSP TV — the first pupil-led TV project in Scotland, which rock group The Darkness have supported by giving permission to use their music — and the school’s enterprise company, Dun Breatann.”

Charles Rooney, head teacher said: “Being recognised as the most enterprising secondary school in Scotland is a tremendous achievement.”

of which we should all be proud. “The National Enterprise in Education Award

acknowledges the variety of enterprise initiatives within the school. “Pupils have taken ownership of these various projects and have taken them forward with creativity and enthusiasm.”