Christina John Swinney St John Ogilvie


Deputy First Minister, John Swinney MSP, and Christina McKelvie MSP on hand to launch leading anti-bullying strategy


St John Ogilvie High School is ‘leading the way’ in their anti-bullying strategy according to local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie.

In partnership with RespectMe, Scotland’s anti-bullying service, the junior leadership pupils of St John Ogilvie have taken the lead in implementing their rights based RespectMe anti-bullying strategy throughout their school.

In a handover presentation and workshop, the current junior leadership pupils of the Hamilton high school passed over their findings and work programme of their strategy to the incoming S2 pupils.

On hand to witness the presentation was Deputy First Minister of Scotland and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP.

Mr Swinney, who recently attended a Scottish parliamentary reception with St John Ogilvie pupils to discuss their leading strategy, was accompanied by local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie.

Commenting on the presentation, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:

“The talent, care and leadership of St John Ogilvie regarding their anti-bullying strategy is completely unrivalled.

“Once again, the pupils of St John Ogilvie have lead the way and I was delighted that the Cabinet Secretary was on hand to witness the fantastic, trailblazing work that continues to come from my constituents.

“The pupils, Mr Morrison and all the staff at the school should be praised and proud of their work. The school should be rightly recognised as the exemplary template approach to reducing bullying and discrimination within the classroom and beyond.

Commenting, Headteacher of St John Ogilvie, Mr Morrison added:

“St John Ogilvie High School was delighted to receive the Depute First Minister as our guest speaker on the occasion of the launch of our new anti-bulling policy by our S3Rights Leaders.

“It was inspirational for our young people to hear first-hand from Mr Swinney such a strong endorsement of the work thy have been doing in this key areas of school life.

“In addition, the support of Christina McKelvie MSP was once again a reminder to the students that the ground-breaking work they are doing in the area of pupil voice and children's rights and equality is of national importance and is recognised as such by our elected members.

“Thanks to all involved in the continued development of this work across the school led by Ms Patricia Brown and Ms Ashley Moore and all the Rights Ambassadors.”