Silver LGBT School Charter Award
Moffat Academy is the first and only school in Dumfries and Galloway to have achieved the LGBT Schools Charter at Silver level. Moffat Academy is sector leading in equality and inclusion.
Aim: The LGBT Charter of Rights ensures that staff and students in the Moffat community are included, valued and supported. The purpose of achieving this award is to ensure all young people feel happy, safe, respected and included in the school environment as per the guidance set out in Curriculum for Excellence and GIRFEC.
“Moffat Academy took a very thorough approach to their journey towards their Silver LGBT Charter, effectively integrating, LGBT issues and identities across the whole school. Their Silver LGBT Charter Award is very well deserved and I’m delighted that they have achieved it” Kerry Riddell, LGBT Youth Scotland
“Moffat Academy was a particular stand out submission, demonstrating clear, simple and effective leadership, youth involvement and partnership work through their journey towards LGBT equality” Fergus McMillan, Director of LGBT Youth Scotland.
Moffat Academy were honoured to receive their award this morning from Kerry Riddell. Pictured are Head Boy and Ewan Pow and Catriona Hutchison, collecting the award on the schools behalf with Kerry Riddell and Miss Queen who was instrumental in our success in gaining this prestigious award.
At the beginning of 2016, fifteen S3 students from Moffat Academy embarked on the challenge of completing our Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award under the generous guidance of our physics teacher, Mr J. Wrightson. This week I had a big smile on my face when my certificate arrived marking my completion of this level.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award encouraged pupils aged 14-25 to participate an hour each week in a range of voluntary physical, skills and expedition activities with regular recording and monitoring of their progress. I have always enjoyed a wide variety of sports and being outdoors so completing these sections came fairly naturally for me.
I began Scouts in the Beaver Section of 9th Lockerbie Scouts, working my way through Cubs and completing my Gold Chief Scout Award in September 2015. It was at the presentation of this award that I realised how much enjoyment I had had from the Scouting Movement and thought it would be nice to give some of my time to help other youngsters attending the 9th Lockerbie Scouts. For the past 18 months I have volunteered weekly with the Beaver Colony at Lockerbie and would like to thank Mrs. Anne-Marie Humes for this opportunity. For my skill I decided to learn how to use a camera properly, how to take a variety of images in different lighting and how to use Photoshop. I had great fun exploring the local countryside looking for suitable photographs and I would like to thank Penny Humphreys for all her guidance and help in developing this skill.
Perhaps the highlight of this year was climbing Ben Nevis as part of our Diamond Anniversary Challenge. We all reached the summit with a sense of achievement. The whole Duke of Edinburgh experience has been full of fun and adventure and it has pushed our personal boundaries and gained us new skills. I am really looking forward to rising to the next challenge – the Silver Level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
By Graham Thompson S4Q