THE best of St Columba's was on show at the high school's annual senior awards ceremony.

Pupils, families, staff and guest of honour Fife Provost Jim Leishman turned out on Tuesday night last week for the presentations.

Headteacher Kevin O'Connor paid tribute to the memories and legacies of former pupils Gregor Scott and Captain David Seath, as well as former guidance teacher Graeme Stewart, who died suddenly last year.

Three trophies were awarded in their memory with Gregor posthumously awarded the Graeme Stewart Memorial Award in recognition of his, "kindness and positive attitude to everything he was involved in".

During his speech, Mr O'Connor acknowledged the awards were occurring in the 50th year of St Columba's being at its Woodmill Road campus.

He said: "For me, the great joy of 2019 so far has been listening to the former pupils and staff who have told me so many wonderful memories of their time at St Columba’s and what it meant to them.

"You are here tonight to celebrate your individual achievements but, through these achievements, you have demonstrated what St Columba’s stands for. Through your actions, you demonstrate the values of the school because if you truly believe in a school that is committed to faith, fairness and achievement, it means that your achievements are won by being true to yourself and caring for others.

"Pupils in St Columba’s have had faith in those values since 1922, for nearly 100 years, and you should all be proud to be playing your part in demonstrating what the values of St Columba’s are in 2019. On behalf of all your families and staff in the school, I can only tell you how proud we all are of you.

“The young people in our hall this evening are our future. Because it is all of these young people that will meet the challenges of the future by using the same faith-based values and commitment to service that have gone before us since 1922."

Support was also given to their friends at the neighbouring Woodmill High School following the devastating blaze last month.

Mr O'Connor added: "In St Columba’s, it has been an actual privilege to support our colleagues because when they were hurt, we were hurt. They have been our neighbour for 50 years, they are our partners for so many things, and above all they are our friends.

"And it was also a privilege to be part of a true Fife-wide response: a response that I would argue showed the true values of Fife; that adversity brings people together and makes them stronger, and a response that demonstrated how much Fife loves and cares for all its young people.”