Prize winning Ayrshire school visit for Mr Moderator

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland the Right Rev Dr Russell Barr and pupils from Ballantrae Primary School in Ayrshire

The Moderator of the General Assembly donned a special Mr Men themed t-shirt when he visited pupils at an Ayrshire primary school who won a special award for a project on the Holocaust.

The Right Rev Dr Russell Barr, affectionately dubbed 'Mr Moderator' presented the school with the Stevenson Prize for Excellence in Religious Observance.

It was first given to Primary 7 pupils at the General Assembly in Edinburgh ‪last month along with £500 prize money.

To help recognise the wider work in the school an additional award was handed over in front of the whole school on Tuesday.

Religious observance

Dr Barr said: "Having welcomed the children to the General Assembly in Edinburgh, it's a pleasure to be able to visit their school.

"Having grown up in Kilmarnock I could not be happier presenting the Stevenson Prize to an Ayrshire primary."

The prize, named in honour of Rev Dr John Stevenson, General Secretary of the Education Committee of the Church of Scotland from 1992- 2000, encourages excellence within the fields of Religious Observance and Religious Education.

The competition asks schools to show work in helping to build a sense of community, advance pupils' spiritual development and celebrate shared values.

This year's theme was Chaplains and War.

Worthwhile lesson


Yvonne Templeton, head teacher of Ballantrae Primary, said all 63 of the school's pupils took part in a day of reflection on the Holocaust.

"We're very proud to have been awarded this prestigious award which recognises all the hard work our pupils put into this important project," she added.

"By working closely together the young people saw that they share common links with the wider world, something that's a worthwhile lesson to take into later life.

"The children were all very excited that the Moderator would be paying them a personal visit and I'm sure this will be a day that they remember for a long time to come."