Pupils at James Gillespie’s High School in Edinburgh have found a novel way to celebrate the life of their History Teacher, Mr Caddell, who died last year. They are designing their new school tie.
The idea for the project came from S6 pupil, Bethany Sykes and the chosen design is by S1 pupil Mikaela Carmichael. Mikaela’s artwork was selected from designs by pupils of all ages throughout the school. The finished product is a striking, modern design and features different international skylines in bright colours, to represent the school’s cultural diversity.
All proceeds from the sale of the ties will go to the charity Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland, in memory of Mr Caddell, who was fondly known for his eccentric taste in neck wear.
Head Teacher, Donald MacDonald, said: "Mr Caddell was a very popular teacher and a highly respected member of staff, so I think that this is a fitting way to celebrate his life. He was also renowned for his colourful ties, so I think that the final design chosen is particularly apt!
"We have a long standing tradition of supporting charities at James Gillespie's and, in keeping with this; all proceeds from the sale of the ties will go to Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.
"I would like to thank all pupils and staff for their support of this project, especially Bethany Sykes who came up with the idea and Mikaela Carmichael for her fantastic design."
City Education Leader, Councillor Marilyne MacLaren was also taken by the project. “I think it is wonderful that the pupils have come together and used their creative talents for such a worthy cause," she said.
She also praised the school for engaging pupils through the project and giving them a say in how the commemorative tie should look.
The ties can be bought by contacting James Gillespie’s High School.