Prize Giving 2022

Pupils, staff, parents and invited guests gathered in the Helen and Walter Ross Assembly Hall yesterday to celebrate the end of a successful 2022 session and recognise the achievements of the pupil prize-winners.

The occasion was uniquely special this year because Hutchesons’ was granted the permission to use Supporters – in this case mythical griffins indicating courage and boldness, which can now be added to its existing Coat of Arms (school badge).

The right to use supporters is a rare heraldic honour which is not bestowed lightly. Hutchesons’ is the only school in Scotland to be awarded this full achievement.  The permission was granted to the School, written on calfskin vellum as the letters patent by The Right Honourable Lord Lyon King of Arms Dr Joe Morrow, who also presented our pupils with their prizes.

Mr Gambles said: “Hutchesons’ Grammar School was honoured by the presence of Lord Lyon Dr Joe Morrow as he awarded the school with its Letters Patent detailing griffin supporters to our coat of arms.  We are the first school to be given supporters by Lord Lyon and, as his speech made so vibrantly clear, recognises our long and crucial role at the forefront of enlightened Scottish education.”

The Chair of Governors, Ms Alistair Marr, highlighted the £1.75million investment into upgrading facilities at Kingarth Street, Beaton Road and H@PP/Norwood. Work to completely rewire the primary school and install intelligent and eco lighting has already begun. Contractors have also started work on the new dining hall, S6 Bistro and S6 study space at Beaton Road.

The Rector, Mr Colin Gambles, delivered his report which focused on the very welcome return of extra-curricular activities now the relaxing of Covid restrictions has made large scale events possible.

He also thanked the senior prefects for their hard work and leadership as ambassadors. – Head Boy and double internationalist Owen Gould, Head Girl Sowparnika Gopalakrishnan and deputes Aubrey McCance and Isabella Brown.

Mr Gambles also announced next year’s senior prefects – Head Boy Jamie Davidson, Head Girl Jessica Molloy and Deputes Robin Ferguson and Darcy Johnston.

Pupils were invited onto stage to collect their prizes and the Dux medals were awarded to Sowparnika Gopalakrishnan and Samuel Oades. The Proxime Accessit to the Girls’ Dux was awarded to Isabella Brown and the Proxime Accessit to the Boys’ Dux was awarded to Nikhil Koteeswaran. Congratulations everyone.

S4 pupil Daniel Ogilvie performed Heinrich Baermann’s “Introduction and Polonaise, Op 25 on the clarinet and the prayer was delivered by Mr Abdul Sharif, the school’s Muslim Faith Leader. Thank you also to the organist, Mr David Murray.


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