'Bittersweet triumph' as private school on brink of closure wins award for magazine

posted 23 Jun 2010, 01:14 by South Edinburgh Net Admin
A school threatened with closure has been awarded a special prize in a national competition for school magazines.
Pupils from St Margaret's School, Edinburgh, were awarded the Chairman's Award at the Scottish School Magazine Awards for their magazine Viva Vox

Fraser Allen, chairman of the judges, and managing director of publishing agency White Light Media, said: "The judging for all the award categories took place in early May, so this decision was taken several weeks ago.

"Viva Vox is beautifully written, cleverly structured and has taken a minimalist but very intelligent approach to design.

"The school that has picked up this new award is, sadly, going through a very difficult time and may have to close. It's therefore a rather bittersweet triumph but a very well deserved win for the team from St Margaret's School."

St Margaret's private school in Edinburgh, established in 1890, is facing closure at the end of this month after running into financial difficulties.

At the magazine award ceremony, held at the Our Dynamic Earth science centre in Edinburgh on Friday, Keith Brown, the schools minister, presented the gold, silver and bronze awards to the other winners.

The Scottish School Magazine of the Year gold prize went to Eclectic, Robert Gordon's College magazine, Aberdeen; silver went to Bac Talk, by Boclair Academy, East Dunbartonshire; and bronze went to PS 2010, from Paible School, Western Isles.

Mr Brown described the standard of entries as high. He said: "Being involved in a school magazine contributes to the development of important skills which are all relevant to life beyond school.

"The support by PPA Scotland, in promoting the competition, is crucial to the ongoing success of the initiative."

Tennis player Andy Murray's mother Judy, a former Scottish national tennis coach, hosted the event which was attended by 240 representatives from 24 schools, MSPs and figures from the magazine industry.

By FIONA MACLEOD

Source: Edinburgh Evening News
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