A pupil from Hermitage Academy was commended for her high performance in science last week when she became the first recipient to receive the school’s new Barr Medal.
Alexandra Burns of S6 was presented with the Barr Medal for science by Leslie Barr on behalf of him and his brother Ronald, in memory of their late father John Barr.
John, who was known as Jack, was the Head of Science at Hermitage Academy from 1950 until he sadly passed away in 1968.
In 1978 Leslie and Ronald decided to donate a cash prize in memory of their father to the pupil who performed best in one, or all, of the science subjects at higher level. The monetary prize was awarded annually up until this year, when it was replaced by the new bronze medal.
Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Rory Colville said: “Well done to Alexandra and a massive thank you to Leslie and Ronald for providing the school with the new Barr Medal.
“It is wonderful to see Hermitage Academy being supported by members of the local community. We want to encourage high quality partnership working and community engagement and I am grateful to Leslie and Ronald for their continued backing.”
Talking about the award, Hermitage Academy’s Head Teacher, Geoff Urie said: “I am extremely grateful to Leslie and Ronald for their kind donations over the years and for the beautiful bronze medal.
“The medal is a wonderful way to commemorate their father whilst rewarding the highest achieving pupil in our science department – something which I’m sure the late Mr Barr would have been very proud of.
“Alex is an extremely deserving pupil. She works very hard, always to the highest standards and I am delighted that she has received the medal in its first year.”