Academy students release their potential on Skye

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Thirteen pupils from Fraserburgh Academy S2 and three members of staff set off on Monday for the Columba 1400 leadership centre on Skye.

The week-long residential course will see the pupils develop their individual leadership skills and learn how each of them can contribute to the leadership of others as well as developing their leadership role in Fraserburgh Academy and the wider community.

Depute rector, Pauline Buchan, said: “Columba 1400 is a leadership academy based on the Isle of Skye, founded by Sir Norman Drummond, previously a Church of Scotland minister and head teacher at Fetes School in Edinburgh. The patron of Columba 1400 is Princess Anne and it is a charitable organisation.

“Columba runs leadership training programmes for secondary school pupils, head teachers and depute head teachers and corporate businesses, it also runs courses for young people from ‘harsh realities’.

“Fraserburgh Academy pupils are participating in the leadership ambassador’s week-long programme which founds itself on the belief that all young people have leadership potential and Columba 1400 helps pupils to identify their own leadership skills and qualities through discovering their own personal values are and how these relate to leadership.

“Through a range of indoor and outdoor experiences, using the fantastic landscape of Skye, pupils explore and practice their own leadership and consider how these skills will impact on their lives post Columba 1400.”

Fraserburgh Academy first sent students to the leadership academy in 2007 and again in 2009. Since then pupils who attended have passed on the leadership skills learned to other pupils and even to teachers at an in-service day and in after-school sessions.

They have attended inter-school conferences giving impressive presentations of ongoing projects at Fraserburgh Academy and been involved in the introduction of peer supporters, pupil representative councils, the revised school aims and values, the introduction of a school newsletter and the school website.