AWARD-WINNING Maybole pupils met up this month to commemorate their outstanding commitment to their school communities.
The belated presentation of the Jean Falconer Awards for citizenship 2012, which are presented by all four Maybole primary schools each year in remembrance of founding Maybole Community Council member Jean Falconer, took place earlier this month.
Usually presented in June, this year’s awards were held back as winner Kayleigh Haggo had been unable to collect her’s during the summer month.
She was joined by her three award-winning peers, Ryan Maxwell and Reece Adams - who now attend Carrick Academy with Kayleigh - and Jack Menzies of Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr.
Carrick Academy headteacher Keith Webster said of Kayleigh, who faces daily challenges as a result of a disability: “Kayleigh is a tremendous example of what can be achieved with a positive outlook and a “can do” attitude.
“She has the most engaging personality and never makes any issue of the difficulties she faces; she simply gets on and does her very best in every situation.
“We are all very proud of her. She is the most worthy winner of the Jean Falconer Award of the fantastic example she sets for others to follow.”
Cairn Primary School headteacher Fiona MacDougall also had high praise for Kayleigh’s fellow award-winner, Ryan Maxwell.
“Ryan won the Jean Falconer Award at Cairn for his positive attitude towards all aspects of school life and for being a trustworthy and reliable pupil throughout his years here,” she said. “We are very proud of Ryan and wish him every success at Carrick.”
Reece Adams’ kindness, respect and compassion for others were the qualities that clinched him his award, according to Gardenrose Primary headteacher Mary Scott. “It gave me tremendous pleasure to present this well-deserved and special award to Reece,” she said.
Gemma Rooney, headteacher of St Cuthbert’s Primary School, at which Jack Menzies was House Captain, praised his “excellent attitude to work and learning”, initiative fundraising for new playground equipment, and “impeccable” behaviour in class. “He was an excellent role model to pupils,” she said.