Holyrood & St Mungo's Pupils Joint Winners Of Craft Competition

Holyrood & St Mungo's Pupils Joint Winners of Craft Competition 

School Craft 2015_GEO_0147Overall Prize Winner Shawn MacGregor with Bailie Philip Braat and Deacon Convener Bishop Idris Jones

Ajmal Mohammed (16) of Holyrood Secondary School, and Shawn MacGregor (17) of St Mungo's Academy, have been selected as joint overall winners in the Trades House of Glasgow School Craft Competition, which is now in its 25th year.

More than 50 pupils from secondary schools across Glasgow were rewarded by the Trades House for their exceptional craft work produced as part of their curricular studies. Ajmal and Shawn were also two of several pupils who took first prizes in a variety of categories, which included metalwork, woodwork, plastic, design & manufacture and culinary excellence.

"Our judges reviewed literally hundreds of submissions before making our selection," said Deacon Convener of the Trades of Glasgow Bishop Idris Jones. "Ajmal's metalwork and Shawn's wooden table reflect the great skills and commitment of pupils and their teachers in our Glasgow schools. Our many congratulations go to all pupils awarded prizes in our School Craft Competition." 

Ajmal, who lives in Govanhill, was a class: 5H student, when he made his award winning metal items, as part of his practical metalwork studies at National 5.

"Ajmal has been an exemplar student, with a very good work ethic," said his technical teacher Edward Mason. "His work has been of a very high standard. We are delighted for Ajmal's success."

Shawn, who lives in Parkhead, made his winning table as part of his National 5 Design and Manufacture project at St Mungo's Academy. It was constructed from solid oak timber and finished with Danish oil.

David Greechan, Faculty Head of Technologies at St Mungo's said:  "Once again, our young people are displaying excellent practical skills and this is being recognised by the Trades House. Glasgow Technical Departments are doing well and allowing creativity as well as practical skills to flourish".

The School Craft Competition, supported by Glasgow City Council Education Department, is part of several Trades House initiatives aimed at encouraging the preservation of traditional crafts alongside those of new technology skills. Deacon Convener Bishop Idris Jones and other senior Trades House office bearers were joined by Bailie Philip Braat to present pupils with 1st, 2nd and 3rd category prizes, plus commended and highly commended certificates, each also receiving monetary prizes.