Judges praise entries for Moderator's Medal

Rev Sandy Fraser and Rev Dr Russell Barr
Rev Sandy Fraser and Rev Dr Russell Barr have praised the high standard of entries for the Moderator’s medal.

A host of colourful entries have been submitted by school pupils competing for this year's Moderator's Medal. Judges have praised the quality of the projects which all consider the theme of 'building bridges'. The award will bemade at the Heart and Soul in Princes Street Gardens on Sunday 22 May.

Rev Dr Russell Barr has been judging the entries as one of his first official duties since he was appointed Moderator Designate. He said "What a wonderful variety of entries - so much imagination and so much effort. I was very impressed by what I saw, and I look forward to offering my warmest congratulations to the prize winner when I present the medal next month."

There were 119 entries for the Moderator's Medal, which is now in its fifth year. The vast majority came from pupils in the 10-13 age group. Rev Sandy Fraser, who coordinates the competition, says it's clear a great amount of effort has gone into the projects. "The theme of 'building bridges' was partly inspired by the building of the new Queensferry Crossing, and also because it works on so many levels. It is clear pupils have been inspired judging by the range of topics and methods in which they've chosen to express themselves. We've been very pleased with the response."

There have been fewer entries for the Stevenson Prize this year, which was established to encourage excellence within the fields of Religious Observance and Religious Education. Schools are asked to submit folders of work describing school assemblies and activities relating to Religious Observation with a prize of £500 for the school with the best entry.

Mr Fraser says there is great potential to grow the number of entries in both competitions. Further information is available for anyone interested in finding out how to take part in next year's competition from Agnes Mullen in our Church and Society Council, who can be contacted at amullen@churchofscotland.org.uk

Moderator's Medal

Stevenson Prize for schools