Senior Prizegiving 2021

#Respect #Responsibility #Achievment

Senior Prizegiving 2021

We are excited to announce that our second virtual prizegiving premiered on Wednesday 8 September.

Don't worry if you didn't manage to join us live - you can watch it on catch up all this week.

A full list of prizewinners can be found here.


Virtual Senior Prizegiving will feature speeches, musical items, our guest speaker and of course our prizewinners!

Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker tonight is our former head girl, Sarah Speake. Since leaving Stirling High in 1989, Sarah has forged a 25-year career as a senior marketing leader. She has held high-profile marketing positions at Google UK and Ireland, ITV, Clear Channel Outdoor and Truphone, where she was global CMO.

In 2018, she set up Speake Up Consulting to focus on aligning company boards, businesses and brands to drive marketing success.

Award winners

Six categories of award will be presented at our prize giving ceremony on the basis outlined below:

Subject prize for National 5 - awarded to the top performing young person in each National 5 subject.

Subject medal for Higher - awarded to the top performing young person in each Higher subject.

Subject prize for Advanced Higher - awarded to the top performing young person in each Advanced Higher subject.

Certificate of Excellence (Achievement) - awarded to the top performing 20% of young people in their SQA examinations for any given subject (all levels)

Certificate of Excellence (Respect and Responsibility) - awarded to any young person nominated in at least 80% of subjects to reward

Excellent Respect and Responsibility, or at least 60% of subjects to reward Very Good Respect and Responsibility, where at least 3 subjects have been studied.

Special Awards

The Sarah Speake Award for Services to Music

Presented by Sarah Speake, Head Girl 1988

The Nathan Murray Collier Memorial Award

In memory of Nathan Murray Collier, a sixth year pupil who tragically lost his life in 2005. Awarded to a pupil who works with the ASN department and has shown considerable effort over the past year.

The W G Malcolm Prize for Service to the School and the Community

Endowed by Mr Malcolm, Dux medallist in 1933, when he returned to school for the Anniversary celebrations in 1987. Awarded annually to the School Captains who have given valuable service to the school over the past year.

The Dr Kanaan Memorial Prize for Music

Presented to the pupil showing most progress in instrumental music.

Global Citizenship

Awarded to a pupil who is aware of and understands the wider world and their place in it. Who takes an active role in their community and works with others to make our planet more peaceful, sustainable and fairer.

Janette Clark Memorial Award

In memory of Janette Clark, a valued Stirling High school teacher who sadly passed away in 2016. Mrs Clark was a member of the ASN department, a champion of young people who require a little extra support. Awarded to a pupil who works with the ASN department or Eco Club.

Stirling Round Table Community Service Award

Presented by the Stirling Round Table in 2007 in acknowledgement of work carried out in the school community by a pupil.

Confucius Award for Mandarin

Presented by the Confucius Hub for special recognition in Mandarin.

Frank Wild Award for Courage and Determined Optimism

Sponsored by the family of Tristan Nunn. Frank Wild was Shackleton's Second in Command on their Endurance expedition around the Antarctic. He was left in charge of 21 men on Elephant Island, over winter, with no food and just upturned rowing boats for shelter, and through sheer force of will, intelligence, humour, care and calm, kept them all alive whilst Shackleton and 5 others made the amazingly perilous journey to seek rescue. The esteem and warmth that Shackleton held Wild in, was second to none.

Awarded to a young person who has demonstrated courage in the face of adversity, refusal to give up or care of others that are struggling.

The Dave Eccles Award for Science

David Eccles was a Stirling High School pupil, teacher, Principal Teacher and Chief Invigilator who passed away in 2020. Mr Eccles served our community for many years & supported our pupils throughout their exams.

Guildry of Stirling History Prize

The Merchant Guildry of Stirling created a Trust in 1985 to fund projects in the local community, this includes the History Prize which is awarded annually to a senior pupil(s) for an extended History essay,

The H. W. Ewing Memorial Prize for Creative Writing

Presented by the family of the late Hugh Ewing, a former pupil of the school and awarded for imaginative writing.

The J Lockhart Whiteford Prize

Awarded in recognition of hard work and effort. Lockhart Whiteford was educated at Hamilton Academy and graduated from Glasgow University with an honours MA in history. Mr Whiteford's university degree was interrupted by the Second World War, when he served in the Royal Artillery both at home and in India. He started his teaching career at Wishaw High School in 1950, moving to Larbert High in 1960, and then on to his first headmastership at Eyemouth High School in 1965. He moved to the High School of Stirling in 1969 where he stayed until his retirement in 1982.

Randolph Dux Medal

Charles Randolph was a former pupil of the Burgh Schools of Stirling. In 1879 he bequeathed £250 to the Town Council of Stirling to be used to purchase annually a gold medal to be presented to the best scholar in Stirling.

Born in Stirling in 1809, Charles Randolph became a great engineer, and founded the firm which became the famous Fairfield Shipbuilding Company. As well as remembering the pupils of his old school, he endowed a Chair of Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Glasgow, where his memory is perpetuated by the well known Randolph Hall.