Prizes for maths whizz who 'made school a better place'

12th November 2010 at 00:00
Richard Glennie shines at Scottish Qualifications Authority's Star Awards

The star of stars at this year's Scottish Qualifications Authority awards was a modest 18-year-old from Glasgow's Hillpark Secondary, whose academic achievements were matched only by his contribution to the school.

Richard Glennie, now a first-year maths student at St Andrews University, was School Candidate of the Year, runner-up in the Academic Excellence award and winner of the Pride o' Worth award for the outstanding winner from all the individual categories in the SQA's annual Star Awards.

Richard's Advanced Higher results were: maths 98 per cent, computing 95 per cent and physics 92 per cent. But what made him a truly exceptional pupil, according to Hillpark Secondary headteacher Joan Donnelly, was the contribution he made to others.

"The school is a better place because Richard Glennie has been here," said Mrs Donnelly.

Richard not only created the school website with computing teacher Margaret Watson, he was one of the best "buddies" to pupils in Hillpark's autism unit and a mentor to S1 pupils in the school's "paired maths" programme.

"He is the embodiment of active citizenship," said Mrs Donnelly.

Richard is equally generous with his praise for his former teachers.

"Margaret Watson in the computing department has been my mentor during my six years at Hillpark," he said.

And he attributes his love of maths to Mandy Krause, in the maths department. "When I was studying Higher maths, Mrs Krause allowed me to look ahead and go at any speed I wanted to. She gave me books about higher things. Thank God for her - or I would not have known what to do for a degree," he added.

Bright stars

Individual winners:

Science Teacher of the Year

Morag Ferguson, Annanhill Primary, East Ayrshire

The Big Experiment

The Science of Milk by Mark T Proctor, Aberdeen College

School Candidate of the Year Award

Richard Glennie, Hillpark Secondary

College Candidate of the Year Award

Gordon McDonald, Reid Kerr College, Paisley

Training Organisation Candidate of the Year Award

Jamie Lee Miller, MI Technologies Ltd, Glasgow

Lifelong Learning Award

Gill Roberts, West Lothian College

Academic Excellence Award

Rachael McLellan, High School of Dundee

Appointee of the Year Award

Joe Walker from West Lothian

Skills Competitor of the Year Award

Gary Riley, South Lanarkshire College

SQA Champion

Gordon Thorburn, Perth High

Centre winners:

Innovation Award

South Lanarkshire College for its low-energy house

Lifelong Learning Award

Stevenson College, Edinburgh, for its ESOL (English for speakers of other languages)

Partnership of the Year Award

Sodexo and Langside College, Glasgow for their hospitality programme for additional support for learning students

International Award

ADNOC Technical Institute, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, SQA centre since 2008

Pride o' Worth for individuals

Richard Glennie, Hillpark Secondary

Pride o' Worth for centres

South Lanarkshire College

Fellowship of SQA

Hugh McCafferty, apprenticeships manager for ConstructionSkills.

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