Friends of The Nicolson

A trust fund supporting pupils of The Nicolson Institute to travel to further their education through educational and participation events.

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About The Friends of The Nicolson Trust

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The Friends of The Nicolson Trust has been established by The Rotary Club of Stornoway to assist Nicolson Institute pupils with travel expenses by creating a sustainable community-funded Trust to provide financial support for pupils.

Chartered in 1959, The Rotary Club of Stornoway is one of over 29,000 Clubs worldwide within the largest global humanitarian organisation, Rotary International.

Following the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self’ and in the footsteps of the generosity and public-spirited actions of the Nicolson Brothers, who founded the secondary school in 1873, the Rotary Club of Stornoway has spearheaded The Friends of The Nicolson Trust to allow the wider Western Isles community to ease the penalties of travel costs for pupils, present and future, travelling to the mainland and beyond for sport, culture, music and other activities.

“At The Nicolson Institute, we are keen to give our pupils all the opportunities possible to participate and compete, whether that be in the fields of music, sport, debating or many other activities.

Obviously, our pupils have the added ‘hurdle’ of the Minch, before they can engage with their chosen mainland activity. It is to their credit, and that of their parents, families and teachers, that so many of them do go on to compete and achieve in mainland competitions, and we do all we can to assist them in their endeavours.

The setting up of The Friends of The Nicolson Trust is a most welcome development in providing further financial assistance in these situations; we wish them well and thank them in advance for the funding which they will provide to the young sports people, musicians and debaters of the island.

One of the many benefits of being a school at the centre of a community like ours is this sense of a shared history, stretching back to the founding Nicolson brothers, whose vision was a school which would benefit the young people of the island and of which the island could be proud. It is a real pleasure to see The Friends of the Nicolson continuing in this fine tradition.”

Frances Murray, Rector, The Nicolson Institute

“Though many people have mixed feelings about their school years, most people remember the school trips with affection and the friendships they made.

Over many years we have seen the benefit children derive from taking part in sporting and musical competitions at national level, the inspiration pupils get at attending arts events and the broadening of their outlook when meeting others from different areas and cultures.

Living on an island makes all these trips more difficult and more expensive for parents. It would be so good to have a way everyone from the Island could contribute to a wider education for the young people of Lewis so they are not disadvantaged by their location.

The Rotary Club of Stornoway hope this new venture of asking all former pupils to contribute a small amount annually will be a way to help and advance the next generations of pupils from The Nicolson Institute.”

Rotarian Kenneth MacDonald, Rotary Club of Stornoway