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Collision course after Teacher’s prize

A popular Falkirk science teacher has been rewarded for his dedication and hard work with a trip to see the world famous Large Hadron Collider.

St Mungo’s physics teacher James Murphy was named as ‘Most Dedicated Teacher’ at a Stemnet awards ceremony.

Mr Murphy was nominated by Kevin McKeever of Global Science an organisation which works to promote science, technology, engineering and maths in schools.

Kevin said: “James is very very proactive in dealing with Global Science and in raising the profile of science subjects in this school. He is very enthusiastic about organising events for the pupils, and that’s why I decided to nominate him for the award. It is a fantastic achievement and is good news for the school and for the Falkirk area.”

James made it to the shortlist with two other teachers from around the UK and was announced the winner at an awards ceremony in London.

James said: “I didn’t think that I was going to win because it was such a big thing. I think the main reason I won the award is for the number of activities we do related to science in school. We do a lot of events involving the primary seven pupils in the local primary schools too. I’m also involved in a My Future’s In Falkirk group, where we look at ways of inspiring young people across Falkirk with science.”

Following his amazing accolade, James week got even better when he was offered the position of deputy head at St Mungo’s.

As well as a certificated to mark his award, he won a trip to the Cern Institute in Swizerland where he will have his picture taken next to the Hadron Collider.

Kevin added: “Cern is one of the top institutes in the world – it’s kind of like a dream come true for James!”

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