Academy Award for course

Montrose Academy with their Council Partnership award presented in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Tuesday evening. Pictured are, from left - Dr John Cavanagh, Andrew Robertson, Hamish Murray, Bruce Pandrich and Rich Bandeen.

Montrose Academy with their Council Partnership award presented in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Tuesday evening. Pictured are, from left - Dr John Cavanagh, Andrew Robertson, Hamish Murray, Bruce Pandrich and Rich Bandeen.

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Montrose Academy has received a Partnership Award from Angus Council as a result of its Maritime Skills Course and work with the Lifeboat.

The award was made at a ceremony at Carnoustie Golf Hotel by the Provost of Angus, Mrs Helen Oswald.

Over two years, Montrose Academy has had a total of 21 pupils participating in the Maritime Skills course.

The pupils are given an opportunity for personal achievement and are provided with practical, hands-on learning out with the classroom.

Four main outcomes are covered by the course. They range over seamanship, the maritime environment, employability skills and careers in the industry as well as health and safety.

The course links to the new Curriculum for Excellence and covers its four main aims by developing successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and ultimately, responsible citizens.

Out of these 21 pupils, 15 have achieved an Intermediate two qualification in Maritime Skills. The five units are listed below.

Small boat Engineering. (SCQF level 5)

Health and Safety in the Maritime Environment. (SCQF level 5)

Employability Skills and Careers in the Maritime Sector. (SCQF level 5)

Seamanship. (SCQF level 5)

Maritime Environment (SCQF level 5)

Two of the students have gone on to study as Cadet Officers in the Merchant Fleet.

The value of the partnership between Montrose Academy and the local RNLI is without measure.

The pupils have access to a world class search and rescue organization, and their boats.

Montrose harbour would otherwise have restricted access for the pupils. The Lifeboat station has been used as a classroom /changing facility and a wet weather option.

It also acted as the venue for the naming ceremony for the school’s boat. It provided a safe berth. Resources both human and physical.

Many of the volunteer crew