Hundreds of primary school pupils from all over South Ayrshire are receiving new awards this month, rewarding them their achievements and successes in school.
The ‘Award of Ambition’ (AoA) replaces the ‘Junior Achievement Awards’ and recognises young pupils’ efforts in learning, with a wider focus than standard academic subjects, in line with the Curriculum for Excellence.
AoA encourages community-based learning in areas such as health, wellbeing and expressive arts, helping pupils to see themselves as valued members of their communities.
In addition, the award encourages pupils to take responsibility for their own learning and helps support them as they make positive choices towards a responsible, healthy and active lifestyle, boosting their confidence and enhancing their self-esteem.
Supporting and encouraging this, the Council’s Active Schools co-ordinators have played an important role in working with pupils and parents, forging links between school and leisure opportunities, encouraging participation and helping direct young people to activity providers in their local community.
They have also been instrumental in delivering a balanced programme of active learning for pupils in the key transition years of P7 into S1, helping pupils who need a bit of extra support make a seamless journey into ‘big’ school.
Presenting the awards at events in Ayr, Girvan, Maybole and Troon, Councillor Margaret Toner, Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning said: “The new Award of Ambition is a fantastic way to motivate our young pupils to take boost their confidence, become successful and make positive contributions as citizens in their local communities.
“The Award reflects the wider scope of the Curriculum for Excellence and really offers every opportunity for all pupils to achieve their full potential.
“Every child who has received a certificate should be very proud of themselves and I know that they will be an inspiration to others.”
Carrick award recipients
ST CUTHBERTS PRIMARY
SACRED HEART PRIMARY