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Pupil using the prize - a 333 MHz iMac

BBC/SCET School Website Competition 1999

Ardrossan Academy website has been chosen as the best in Scotland in a school competition. The school's website won the secondary school section of a prestigious competition organised jointly by BBC Scotland and the Scottish Council for Educational Technology. S1 pupils Sarah Jane Lundie and Lyndsey Barr, who had both worked on the website, accompanied Mr Todd to the BBC's Queen Margaret Drive offices in Glasgow on Thursday 13 May 1999 to attend the prizegiving ceremony.

BBC and SCET representatives praised the Ardrossan Academy website, and the work done by Mr Dalgleish, PT Chemistry, and his pupils. They were particularly impressed by the interactive nature of the site; its Millennium and Archive sections and the fact that it is regularly updated. Of real note, too, was the ease with which visitors to the site could navigate within it without getting lost or confused - a syndrome which affects many school sites. The website's departmental sections were also particularly good and extensive.

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BBC Staff: Chris Jarvis, Tim Vincent and Kate Heavenor

 

BBC staff made it plain that the websites of the schools represented at the ceremony were streets ahead of the opposition. In second place was the High School of Stirling. Primary winners were from as far afield as Dundee and Angus.

The pupils present at the prizegiving met and chatted with BBC television's "Fully Booked" presenters Tim Vincent, Chris Jarvis and Kate Heavenor, who were all very interested in the idea that schools had the expertise amongst staff and pupils to put themselves on the net.

After receiving the prize - a new computer, of course! - and being force-fed with large quantities of Marks and Spencers sandwiches, the prizewinning team got back to school, nearly but not quite in time to attend their Maths class!

Alasdair Todd
Assistant Head Teacher