CELEBRATIONS at a Rosyth school went golden this week as they celebrated netting a prestigious award.

St John's Primary received the sportscotland Gold award for their sporting endeavours over the last 12 months.

They marked the occasion with an awards ceremony which included a question-and-answer session with Pars boss Stevie Crawford and players Stuart Morrison and Matty Todd.

The sportscotland School Sport Award is presented for innovation and achievement in delivering school sport and physical activity, with 747 schools across the country now in possession of an award. It recognises schools that put young people at the forefront of decision-making and planning of school sport and PE while increasing participation opportunities.

There are 399 schools from across Scotland who are gold award-holders with St John's being the latest to receive the accolade.

Teacher Elaine Thompson said: "It is quite an achievement. We are thrilled that our school's ongoing commitment to increase children's opportunity and engagement in school sport and leadership has been recognised and I suppose one of the big things for us is we are the first of the St Columba's cluster primaries to get the award.

"A huge thanks to our community club coaches who come in and work with us and to all the children who have taken on leadership roles."

As well as Thursday's ceremony, celebrations to mark the occasion have included a winners' walk, tasters in curling and carpet bowls, hockey and boxing sessions and a silent disco. A sports star talent show is also planned

Funded by the National Lottery, the School Sport Award is a national initiative designed to encourage schools to improve extra-curricular sport continuously.

To achieve a bronze or silver award, schools self-assess their current practice. However, to gain gold status, an extensive external assessment is also carried out by an independent panel of experts.