College celebrates 30th year

Principal Margaret Clarke, South Lanarkshire provost Eileen Logan, Rachel Oxley and Andrew Wilbockson
Principal Margaret Clarke, South Lanarkshire provost Eileen Logan, Rachel Oxley and Andrew Wilbockson
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Over 500 people attended a service to celebrate Hamilton College’s 30th anniversary.

The service included video messages of congratulations from Alex Davis, chairman of the board of governors, and from international friends who could not be present.

Those who were in attendance included Rachel Oxley, daughter of Charles and Muriel Oxley who founded the college in 1983, and Andrew Wilbockson, governor of the Oxley founded Tower College.

The audience also enjoyed montages of video clips featuring current and former staff and pupils recounting their favourite Hamilton College memories from the past 30 years and sharing what the college means to them.

The guest speaker was Dr Alastair Noble from Mission Scotland.

The former chemistry teacher, adviser, schools’ inspector and educational administrator has also worked on educational programmes within the BBC, the CBI and the health service.

He currently works as the field officer of The Headteachers’ Association of Scotland and an educational consultant with CARE in Scotland.

Prayers were written and read by J6 pupils Jack Gribben and Alicia Muir, head boy Calum Bayne and head girl Lucy Begbie, and deputy head girl Chloe Howat and deputy head boy Jay Wilson gave the bible readings.

Also featured was a specially selected hymn list, while the instrumental ensemble and the anniversary choir performed, and S6 pupil Jay Wilson closed proceedings with a rousing performance of Highland Cathedral on the bagpipes.

Principal Margaret Clarke said: “It was wonderful that over 500 people joined us to praise God and to celebrate the considerable achievements of Hamilton College during its first 30 years.

“Thanks to the hard work of current and former staff and pupils, the programme for the evening successfully created a fantastic atmosphere which many attendees described as ‘uplifting’.”