The First 10 Star Gold Award, Ever!

IMG_6484When I started teaching at Daviot Primary School, just over three and half years ago, it is no exaggeration to say that Fern was one of the shyest and most introverted pupils I had ever taught. In fact, for the first term, she would hardly look at me – never mind speak to me!

After taking part in Shakespeare productions, drama performances, dance workshops, presentations, TV and YouTube appearances, competitions and countless trips, her infectious personality and self-belief have blossomed beyond belief. In fact, watching her confidence, resilience and independence develop these past years has been one of the biggest delights of my teaching career.

A couple of weeks ago, minutes before our Science Showcase was about to be judged at Eden Court, one of our devices malfunctioned. Fern never panicked for a second – even when the judges were walking over to our table and everyone else was panicking around her. With a cool head and a steady hand, she fixed the problem – and then joined in with a brilliant discussion with the judges about our work.

Then, last week, Carol told me that Fern waltzed into Milburn without a care in the world – mixing with new people and making new friends with ease.

On Tuesday this week, Mrs Mackinnon said Fern was one of the most confident and self-assured P7s at the Employment Extravaganza. She even volunteered to be the ‘grumpy customer’ at the Tesco workshop. And apparently, her performance was the best the organisers had ever seen! I’m sure everyone will recognise the confidence required to stand up in front of a group of P7s she had never met before – and not only act – but improvise! Wow, it put a lump in my throat.

For this, and so many other things, Fern was awarded the first ever 10 STAR GOLD AWARD! Well done, Fern. I am so proud of you – and you should be so very proud of yourself!

I will miss you so much next year. I keep saying it, because it is true!

7 thoughts on “The First 10 Star Gold Award, Ever!

  1. Anonymous

    Very proud of you, Fern. We have every confidence that you will do well in your new school but we are sure that everyone will miss you loads when you leave Daviot. Mr Mac – you’re the best! Granny and Grandpa

  2. Rebecca Goo

    Wow Fern, that is an amazing tribute to your hard work and wonderful personality. Well done on your award. Rebecca (friend of mum & dad)

  3. Julie

    What an amazing achievement Fern! We are very proud of you and how far you have come from the super shy little girl. Love you lots, mummy and daddy xxxxxxx

  4. Pauline

    Well done fern 10 gold star award you deserve it . The girls were so proud of you today they couldn’t wait to tell me


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