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Published 27 September 2017

Queens award

A group of dedicated pupils from St Peter the Apostle High School have been recognised with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Services at a special ceremony. 

Lord Lieutenant for Dunbartonshire, Michael Gregory OBE presented the medal to the Soup Kitchen Volunteer project which began at the school in 2013.

The proud pupils along with John Sangster, Principal Teacher of Pupil Support, who initiated and leads the project, received their award before family and area officials at a special investiture ceremony at Clydebank Town Hall, followed by a civic reception.

The kind hearted students collected donations of food, toiletries and clothes in the school to assist The Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity based in Pollok in Glasgow’s south side.  

Working alongside the order’s Sisters, the pupils spent time at the Bellgrove and the Salvation Army hostels distributing hot soup, food, toiletries and clothes to the men who live there.  The youngsters also spent time chatting to the residents.

Linda Booth, St Peter the Apostle High School, Head Teacher, said: “I am absolutely delighted for the pupils involved in this project are being publically thanked for their part in the success of this great project.  Our young people along with Mr Sangster have led this project from the start and, as Head Teacher, I am so proud of all the pupils, past and present  and  our staff who have given of their time and energy so readily to this initiative which absolutely embodies our school motto of ‘Compassion and Hope’.”

Provost William Hendrie said: “I am very proud of these young people who are a credit not only to their school, but to their families who must be delighted with their commitment in helping others.  It is very inspiring to hear how they have given up their spare time to help others.  We are very fortunate to have such kind-hearted dedicated pupils who are willing to spend their time helping others. I am delighted to see the pupils being publically thanked for the time they’ve spent helping others.”

Pupils were invited to The Queen’s garden party in Buckingham Palace to represent the hundreds of students who have taken-part in the school’s Soup Kitchen project and the school will also receive a signed certificate from The Queen and a domed crystal glass. 

The project also received a Provost Civic Award and was runner up for the Young Scot Award in 2015.