There were no tearful, rambling acceptance speeches at the glitzy, all-sponsored event in Motherwell Concert Hall on Jack McConnell's patch. The minister came suitably attired and praised the "first-class" education system which was "showing an example to others in Scotland".
You'd think there was an election.
Dress code guidelines had a fw primary heidies scratching around for black ties in the slinky section of their wardrobe but most managed to turn up in something appropriate - as did Jackie Bird, local lass, Beeb frontwoman and the evening's compere.
Bird comes with a plunging reputation after "that dress" on Hogmanay television caused a flap. The Motherwell dress was spangly and fetching but not of New Year depth and revelation.
She modestly confessed: "I'm wearing a Wonderbra, or as some might say, 'it's a wonder that woman's no' wearing a bra'."