Congratulations to Dundee Pupils on their Exam Results
5 August 2014
I warmly congratulate Dundee pupils and students on all their successes in their various SQA examinations and assessments.
Like our medal winning athletes in the Commonwealth Games, this will not be a flash in the pan but based on hard work over a sustained period of time.
And of course I should not forget to credit the support of the equivalent of the coaches and supporters.
In this case, the inspiration and encouragement of the teachers and parents and carers as well as the wider network of friends and family will also have been part of the story behind these successes.
For those that are disappointed with their results, I would encourage taking to heart the proverb that my late Father used to repeat on those occasions when I hadn't excelled:
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."
Later this week or next, analyses should be available from the Director of Education about how the results of our school pupils add up across the city and how these city wide results compare with previous years and with other areas in Scotland.
I shall particularly want to find out how the new National 4 and 5 examination results compare with the previous Standard Grade results.
But for today, the focus should be on celebrating the positive results of our pupils who deserve their day enjoying their successes; their equivalent of a podium finish at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.