Lathallan pupil Robbie Greenwood has been praised by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for highlighting the devastating impact of climate change.

Robbie was successful in a Scottish Government-run competition which called on school pupils across the country to highlight climate change through photography.

Robbie was awarded a £20 book token and was praised during a video message from the First Minister for his image of a polar bear suffering from the harmful effects of melting ice.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon talks about the impact of climate change

Lathallan continues to look at ways to reduce its carbon footprint as a school. It has been a proud Eco-School for over a decade and recently worked with Surfers Against Sewage to reduce its plastic waste.

Junior School pupils recently tackled waste at Lathallan beach, just a few hundred metres from Brotherton Castle, while Senior pupils are creating a Lathallan Eco Community website.

In what has possibly been the most challenging year ever in Scottish education, Lathallan is delighted to announced a 100% pass rate for our S6 pupils at Higher and Advanced Higher level.

An impressive 94% of Advanced Higher passes were at A or B level with Millie Wark gaining three As at Advanced Higher level.

Millie’s is now set to follow in the footsteps of her brother Ben, a former Lathallan pupil in studying to become a vet.

Two pupils – Julian Shand and Yifan Yu – gained straight As at Higher level and there were strong results at Nat 5 level.

Lathallan pupil Millie Wark gained straight As at Advanced Higher at Lathallan School

Some 62.5% gained five or more Nat 5 passes and 25% achieving seven or more As. Four pupils – Grace Fraser, Julia Murrie, Alison Moore and Esther Olorode passed eight straight As.

We are proud of each and every one of our pupils who have continued to engage with their learning throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.

As a school we are acutely aware of how difficult this period has been for our young people but they displayed enormous willingness to readily adapt to change and to embrace our online learning platform Virtually Lathallan.

Lathallan will continue to support those pupils who feel their hard work and efforts haven’t quite resulted in the grades anticipated whilst challenging those who have reached their goals to continue striving for success.

We look forward to welcoming all new and returning pupils to Lathallan for full-time, in school learning on August 20th.

A Mearns pupil could see her Viking worlds gaming concept be brought to life after reaching the finals of the BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) competition.

Morayo Onyia, 12, has become the third pupil in four years from Johnshaven’s Lathallan School to be nominated for an award in the YGD Game Concept (10-14 years) category.

As the only pupil from Scotland to reach the finals, Morayo will find out via a YouTube livestream on Thursday if her idea will be transformed into a multi-platform game by professional gaming designers.

Morayo’s gaming concept ‘Griffindeim’ was inspired by her work in Classics, History and Geography.

It is described on the BAFTA Young Gaming website as being “A game based on the nine worlds in viking religion, where you can defeat befriend monsters called Barics and giants.”

And she said: “While sitting in class listening to my teacher Mr Andersen talk about Norse mythology, I thought, “Hey, this would make a really cool game!”

“I linked this to what I had been learning about our environmental footprint in Geography and created Griffindeim.

“I am ecstatic that my hard work has received so much recognition. I’ve really enjoyed this project, especially creating and drawing the characters.

“If my game becomes reality, that would be outstanding. It would be a dream come true.”

Morayo’s achievement follows on from the success of Lathallan pupils Campbell Mearns and Benjamin Cranston in recent years in the YGD competition.

The finals are normally held in London but due restrictions caused by COVID-19 they will now be held remotely.

You can find out more about Morayo’s Griffindeim game concept here:–

Mrs Pamela Hossick Is New Head of Junior School

Lathallan School, Head of Junior School

Lathallan has appointed Pamela Hossick as the Head of Junior School as it celebrates its 90th year as an inspirational learning environment for young people.

Mrs Hossick’s appointment follows the retirement of Jackie Collins and James Ferrier from Lathallan senior leadership, both having devoted almost two decades of service to the Johnshaven-based school.

Having worked at Lathallan for eleven years, including a year as Acting Assistant Head of the Junior School, Mrs Hossick will assume the post in August 2020.

Mrs Hossick is highly-regarded at Lathallan with both her children Becky and Murray attending the school in recent years. She believes her long-established Lathallan links will be an asset to her new role.

She said: “The opportunity to apply for Head of Junior School was one I couldn’t allow to pass by.

“The Lathallan community is one I have belonged to both as a parent and a teacher.

“The nurturing and welcoming ethos, the opportunities for learning in different contexts, the pupils, parents and staff all combine to provide an inspiring learning environment.

“It will be a privilege to lead the Junior School towards its’ 100th year.”

Lathallan School, Drone

Set within 60 acres of expansive grounds, Lathallan offers places for Nursery, Junior and Senior School pupils at a 19th century castle on the edge of the stunning North Sea coastline.

Lathallan continues to lead the way with its outdoor learning provision and recently shared their best practice with St Columba’s School from Kilmacolm, after this was highlighted as a key strength in a 2018 Education Scotland inspection report.

The small class sizes, with an average of 12 pupils per class, and specialist teaching in Art, French, Music, PE and Science, are also key features of the exceptional education on offer at Lathallan.

“Lathallan School is set in an inspiring location with amazing grounds, added Mrs Hossick. “Who wouldn’t want to work here?

“As a school we have to continue looking at ways to improve and innovate our learning opportunities.

“The world is rapidly changing and, while we must not lose sight of fundamental literacy and numeracy skills that all young people require to succeed in life, we have to encourage creativity in our pupils.

“Creativity comes in all shapes and forms and helping our pupils develop the ability to ask questions, explore options and work things out for themselves is key to their future success.

“If our pupils are fulfilling their potential then we, as a school, are fulfilling ours.”

A talented musician, Mrs Hossick worked previously as a secondary music teacher and visiting music specialist in primary schools across Aberdeenshire.

She joined Lathallan in 2009, initially as a music teacher, but diversified into Primary School teaching after completing a PG Cert in Learning and Development through Aberdeen University nine years ago.


Lathallan pupil Dean Fearn has set two national age-grade swimming records.

S1 pupil Dean completed the 50m Backstroke in a time of 31.45s, a new Scottish and UK record. He also finished the 50m Freestyle in just 27.87s as the fastest ever Scottish time in his age category.

Well done, Dean!

Lathallan pupil Iona Benvie has achieved national recognition in the UK-wide Young Geographer of the Year awards.

The Johnshaven-based pupil saw her 1,500-word essay on climate change and ‘where will Geography take you?’ selected from over 1,000 entries by judges at the Royal Society of Geography as the only successful entry from Scotland.

S6 pupil Iona is keen to pursue a career in sustainable development and will visit the awards ceremony in London next week to collect her certificate.

Lathallan Headmaster Richard Toley said: “We are immensely proud of Iona. This is an incredible accolade for her and us as a school. We are the only school in Scotland to have a pupil nominated.

“She is one of a number of Senior pupils at our school who are passionate about climate change and the impact it is having on our world and has put her knowledge on the subject to great effect with this award.

“As a school we care deeply about the environment.

“We have held an Eco-Schools’ Green Flag for over a decade and Iona is part of our newly-formed Green Youth group who are making a positive difference within Lathallan, protecting and enhancing the wonderful environment around us.

“She has also played a pivotal role in Lathallan’s ambition to become a plastic-free school. I have no doubt that Iona can have a successful career beyond Lathallan. I hope this award inspires her to achieve her full potential.”

TWO Lathallan sports stars have been rewarded for their efforts and immense talent with call-ups to compete for Scotland.

S4 Pupil Olivia Shannon will represent the Scotland Under-16s SSAA team against England, Ireland and Wales in the International Pentathlon in Glasgow on Saturday November 3rd.

Olivia made it through to the final squad after a three-day trial and will fly the flag for Lathallan at the Emirates Arena, a purpose-built venue created for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Fellow pupil Lydia Broadley will also represent Scotland against England in December after being selected for the Scottish Independent Schools Football Under-16s.

Lydia said: “I’m delighted to be called into the squad again and I have to thank Lathallan, and Mrs Howie (Lathallan’s Head of Physical Education & Games) for all the support she gives me, not just with football but with other sports too.”

Lathallan has also been represented recently at a high level on the rugby field, with S4 pupil Archie Wilson making the Glasgow Warriors Under-16 side for their Junior 1872 Cup clash with Edinburgh.

Well done to all three, Lathallan is immensely proud of your efforts!


Benjamin in S1 has been selected as a finalist in the BAFTA Young Game Designers Competition which pupils entered in May. The competition requires pupils to create an original computer game idea and design. Benjamin’s idea ‘Surf Simulator’ was very creative and it is fantastic that BAFTA have recognised this.

Benjamin and his father have been invited to London for the finals where the winners will be revealed at an Awards ceremony on Saturday 9 July.

Benjamin is the second Lathallan pupil to get a BAFTA Award Nomination in 2 years!