Schools’ success

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We all know Arran schools punch well above their weight.

But for the Arran Cluster to be recognised as among the best in the whole of the UK in a prestigious national awards is high praise indeed.

And now the island carries the hopes of Scotland when they attempt to win the gold award later this year. We are sure the whole island will wish them well.

The award could not have come at a better time as the schools break up after what has been a difficult 12 months and more. Home schooling and disrupted exams have all taken their toll on pupils and teachers alike.

Now they all deserve a well-earned rest ahead of the challenges the new school year will bring in August.

Tropical times

Arran is bathed in natural beauty as we all know. But there has been something totally tropical about the seas in the past week or so and it has just lifted the spirits of everyone.

Gazing at the ever changing turquoise-blue waters has let people’s minds drift to waters of the Mediterranean or ever farther afield, to the Caribbean, and after more than a year without foreign holidays, that is a joy in itself.