Special visitor marks final day of term at Cumbernauld secondary school

Her Majesty The Queen visits pupils and staff at Greenfaulds High School

Her Majesty the Queen visits Greenfaulds HS June 2019

Pupils and staff at Greenfaulds High School enjoyed an extra-special last day of term with a visit from Her Majesty The Queen.

Her Majesty was met by Rear Admiral Michael Gregory the Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire and Lady Susan Haughey the Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire on her arrival at the school.

She was then given a Gaelic welcome by senior pupils Breagha Miller and Hannah Russell.

It's the first time the Queen has visited Cumbernauld since her Silver Jubilee tour in May 1977 and hundreds of pupils from local schools waved flags on her arrival.

Mrs Linda Park, Head Teacher of Greenfaulds High School, escorted the Queen on a tour of the school, which opened on its current site in September 2016.

Linda said: "It was an incredible occasion for all our pupils and staff to welcome Her Majesty to our wonderful school campus. The school is absolutely buzzing with excitement. She seemed really impressed with our lovely school and asked many questions about it.

"Our pupils have been so excited over the past two weeks and it's an unforgettable way to end the school year."

The Queen met local historians Bobby Johnstone and Mae Miller and viewed an exhibition on the school's history and the town's past and future. She heard about the council's ambitious regeneration plans for Cumbernauld and across the whole of North Lanarkshire.

Her Majesty then met school staff before North Lanarkshire Schools' award winning pipe band performed a traditional highland medley outside in glorious sunshine.

She presented two Provost's Community Recognition awards to Mr Jim Park, the council's Principal Music Instructor and to Mr Donald Pegrum, Chair of Cumbernauld Amateur Athletics Club and former Scottish Athletics club coach of the year, for his many years of service to athletics in the area.

Jim has been responsible for co-ordinating music provision across all primary, secondary and ASN schools in North Lanarkshire, since he took up his post in 1996.

He has established many music groups over the years, most notably the multi-championship winning pipe bands, which performed at the Tartan Day parade in New York this year.

Sixth year pupil Elise McCormick said: "It was an absolute honour to meet the queen. It's something I never thought would happen, but I will remember it for the rest of my life. The Queen asked me what year I am in and about what it's like being a pupil here."

A Gaelic poetry recital by Isla Duke from Condorrat Primary School and a musical piece were performed by pupils from East Dunbartonshire's String Ensemble were also performed in front of Her Majesty in the auditorium.

The Queen then presented North Lanarkshire Council School Group Awards to Greenfaulds High School pupils Fraser O'Brien and Zoe Train for achieving their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and a long-service award to Mrs Eileen McLoughlin, Deputy Head Teacher, who retired after 32 years' service to the school.

She also unveiled a plaque to mark her visit in front of hundreds of pupils, staff, councillors and other invited guests, including John Swinney, the Deputy First Minister and Cllr Jim Logue, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council.

Before her departure she received a posy of flowers from Condorrat primary pupil Archie Wilson.

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