Young Volunteer Award for St. Combs

Congratulations: Five pupils received their volunteer award and two were awarded in absence. Well done to all 7 for their volunteering efforts.
Congratulations: Five pupils received their volunteer award and two were awarded in absence. Well done to all 7 for their volunteering efforts.

Pupils from St Combs Primary School are the second in the area to be presented with the Young Aberdeenshire Volunteer Award.

Seven pupils from the school were recently recognised with the award after being involved in charity work both in and outwith the school.

St Combs Primary hold events such as the weekly “over 50s club”, community concerts and also they regularly take part in the Buchan Heritage Society Doric Festival in Strichen. The children frequently give up their time for others - voluntarily.

In a surprise presentation the P6 and P7 pupils who had diligently worked towards the award, were accredited with the Bronze certificates from two representatives from the Volunteer Centre Aberdeenshire (VCA), David Hekelaar one of the Directors and Rhona Davidson, Development Officer for Fraserburgh.

Awarded from Primary 6 were Michael Duthie, Stewart Francis, Fraser Ross (in absence) and Jessica Thomson. In Primary 7 Zander Burnett (in absence), Alexander Strachan and Isla Strachan were awarded.

Head Master at St Combs Primary Mr Watt said at the presentation: “I am delighted that St Combs School is the second in Aberdeenshire to be presented with this award.

“Helping out the local community and others is very important and it is wonderful that many of you have given up your free time to volunteer and help in different projects.”

Also present at the ceremony was two representatives from the over 50’s club Mrs Bessie Buchan and Mr Andrew Buchan. They were pleased to be invited along and said that they thoroughly enjoy coming to St Combs primary School to be entertained by the many talented pupils.

The Young Aberdeenshire Volunteer Award was introduced by the Volunteer Centre and is supported by the Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership.

The award supports the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence through the development of two key capacities in young people - responsible citizens and effective contributors - and is for young people aged 5-15 years old.

The centre’s role is to support schools in the local development of the award and they will provide administrative support to facilitate the recording of pupil’s achievements and issuing certificates. The centre would also like community groups and local charities that offer volunteering opportunities to young people to support this new award. To find out more email central@vcaberdeenshire.org.uk or visit the website www.vcaberdeenshire.org.uk.