Plockton High farewell for popular technical teacher

Plockton High will bid farewell to teacher Jamie Kean later this month, as he prepares for a new job in Edinburgh after 23 years at the school.

Having first served as a teacher in the school’s technical department, Mr Kean was made principal teacher in 1996 and has been instrumental in the development of the Am Bata traditional boatbuilding project.

Plockton rector Duncan Ferguson said: “He has been an extremely creative subject specialist and faculty leader throughout his years at our school. He introduced problem-solving days involving renewable energy long ahead of its current prominence; he is an expert in patenting new designs and encouraged many pupils over the years who have gone on to be very successful in design competitions, while he himself gained recognition for his stretcher designed for mountain rescues; and he was the main driving force in developing our highly-regarded traditional boatbuilding project.

“In his whole school responsibilities, he has overseen the annual work experience week for our S4 pupils, a huge task to which he devoted a great amount of time always to the benefit of our pupils. He is a great exponent of the outdoors – on land and sea; a super-fit runner and cyclist; and he served in the local mountain rescue team for many years. He is a popular, loyal and talented teacher who has given valuable service to our school community and we wish him every success in his new career in further education.”

Mr Kean will leave Plockton at the October break, prior to taking up his new post as a lecturer in mechanical engineering at Edinburgh College.