Donald Stewart Memorial Trust launches 2012 award

The Donald Stewart Memorial Trust is now seeking nominations for the 2012 award.

The Trust which was established several years ago, in memory of the former Member of Parliament for the Western Isles, for the encouragement of education in the Western Isles, makes an annual award for, “outstanding achievement” to an individual pupil in the 5th/6th year classes from across the four six-year secondary schools in the Western Isles.

The “outstanding achievement” could be attained within the school, perhaps an academic achievement which has been recognised as outstanding at a national or indeed inter-national level or outwith school.

The Trust is very conscious that wider achievements play a big part in Curriculum for Excellence and would welcome nominations from schools for pupils who have excelled in sport, music or any other area outwith the school.

There may well also be pupils who have attained “outstanding achievement” in their own community, perhaps an act of outstanding community service or an act of bravery or other self sacrifice.

Previous years’ winners have included excellence in music, sport, art and literature.

Murdo Macleod, Chairman of the Trust said: “I am delighted to be launching the 2012 competition and look forward to receiving nominations from all four 6th year secondary schools.

“Year on year the schools make nominations for pupils who are high achievers in both academic and non-academic fields making it extremely difficult for the Trust to choose an eventual winner. We are extremely proud of the young people of our islands.

“The Trust is grateful to the schools for their continuing support with the competition”.

Schools should send their nominations to Calum Iain Macleod, Trust Secretary at CnaG, 71-77 Cromwell Street, Stornoway, HS1 2DG or by e-mail