Whitburn Academy works closely with the local community with a range of events and initiatives.
Some of these events include:
The War Memorial Rededication
On Friday 21st March 2014, Pupils and Staff tool part in the Re-Dedication of Whitburn's War Memorial. The Re-Dedication took place following landscaping work and upgrading of the area around the memorial.
In addition to this, there have been 6 brand new World War One commemoration display banners erected next to the memorial. The research for the images on these displays was carried out by 6 S3 pupils, Mr Hunter and Miss Steel, whilst Mr Thomson, Mr Carlyle and pupils from the Design, Manufacture and Graphics department, prepared the images and the frames for them. Sir Adrian Baillie of Polkemmet cut a ribbon to officially open the banner project.
The Academy's Wind Band, played the Hymn's and National Anthem during the service and Head Boy and Head Girl Ryan Twaddle and Abbi Thomson along with 2 Senior Pupils from St Kentigerns Academy red out the names of the Soldiers from Whitburn who had died in all conflicts from World War 1 through to the Iraq Confilct.
Ian Adair, Rector of Whitburn Academy said of the event:
"I would like to offer my thanks again to everyone connected with Whitburn Academy who took part in the preparation for Friday’s event at the Whitburn Cenotaph, and to those who attended and participated in what was ultimately a very moving and highly significant occasion.
The hours spent working towards creating a fitting spectacle not just for those able to be there on the day, but for the many who will spend time in quiet contemplation in the future, were very worthwhile. Thank you to staff for your efforts, for donating your time, energy and expertise, and to pupils for the mature and dignified way you represented your school, your community and yourselves."
A selection of photographs from the event are on the Image Galleries page on the website. A video of the event is availiable on the Youtube page.
On Monday 28th April 2014 approximately 75 pupils took part in a "Spring Clean" assisted by the West Lothian Environmental Wardens. The group went out into the community and collected litter from the area around the school, including the school grounds, Shanks Road, East Main Street, Drysdale Avenue and Ellen Street.
The litter pick was witnessed by many of the local residents, many of whom made very positive comments about the pupils cleaning up the streets.
Thank you to the pupils who took part and also to the Environmental Wardens for use of the equipment.
Georgia Rotary Student Programme
In 2013 Former pupil Jason Cleland was successful in gaining a year's scholarship to study at Georgia College, Milledgeville, USA. 2014 saw another 2 former pupils successfully in gain a scholarship and will be heading to the USA to for a year under the same programme as Jason did. Rosie Bonfield went to the Middle Georgia State College in Macon, whilst Alex Muraska went to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton. Congratulations to both pupils, this is an excellent achievement and a fantastic opportunity for them.
Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Alistair Marquis (the GRSP co-ordinator at the Rotary Club of Whitburn). His contact e-mail is: firstname.lastname@example.org
War Memorial Banner Renewal
During session 2014-15 Four S3 History pupils took part in a project to create new banners to be displayed at the local War Memorial. The project, which is taking place from 2014-2018 to commemorate the one hundred year anniversary of the First World War, with the banners being replaced on the corresponding year and shows notable events from one hundred years ago. Alexandra, Amy, Natalie and Tommy carried out research of key events which took place during 1915. The banners replaced the 2014 banners, which will shortly be displayed in Whitburn Academy, with the new banners now being displayed at the war memorial based at Whitburn Community Centre.
On Friday 15th May, the four pupils visited the War Memorial to help put the banners up, see the results of their hard work and to attend a brief rededication service led by one of the local Priests.
To view some photographs from this event, please visit our Image Gallery