East Lothian Council

'Hero' pupil praised at special school assembly

Published Friday 6th March 15

Pinkie St Peters

P7 pupil surprised with award at schools assembly

Jay Mackay (11), a P7 pupil at Pinkie St Peters Primary, Musselburgh was praised for his prompt actions when he saw an elderly man collapse at Prestonpans beach. Jay was on a bus travelling through Prestonpans when he spotted a man falling on the beach front. Jay got off the bus and approached the man to see if he was hurt before running off to the man’s house to alert his wife and to call an ambulance. He then kept the man company until the ambulance arrived.

Sarah Ogden, Head Teacher of Pinkie St Peters said:

“The school was completely unaware of Jay’s actions until the man’s granddaughter contacted us to express her thanks to Jay. I then spoke to Jay and discovered the extent of his actions to help this man. We decided it would be appropriate to host a special assembly to share Jay’s story with the other pupils and to present Jay with an award in recognition of his actions.”

Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, Cllr Shamin Akhtar, added:

“I was so impressed when I heard of Jay’s actions which undoubtedly helped the elderly man. His quick thinking and support for others are achievements which rightly deserved to be acknowledged. Jay is a real credit to his family and his school and I was delighted to be asked to attend the school assembly and to present him with a well deserved award.”

In addition to his ‘community star’ award Jay was also presented with vouchers for free swims at Musselburgh sports centre from enjoyleisure and a £50 gift voucher from Excel Vending.

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