Awards Evening 2011
Posted: November 17th, 2011
The evening of Thursday 17th November 2011 was a very special occasion for STB. Many of our 2011 leavers returned to collect their GCSE certificates and other awards, as proud friends, family and staff looked on. From a stage resplendent with plants and flowers, the Chair of Governors, Mr J Hopkins, began proceedings by welcoming everyone.
Mr Gould then gave his first report as Head Teacher, acknowledging the excellent achievements of the students in what has been ‘another highly successful year’. As well as noting academic success, Mr Gould went on to say that ‘work done in the community continues to be a distinctive feature of Sir Thomas Boughey’; the Harvest Festival, Remembrance Sunday and various fund raising activities were examples of occasions on which various pupils contributed their time and efforts.
This year’s Guest of Honour was Mr Paul Ball, Managing Director of Peak Pursuits and ex-pupil. Mr Ball set up his company in 2000 and as well as helping thousands of people to take part in out-door pursuits, he also supports the local community in various activities such as advising young enterprise groups and providing Key Skills workshops.
As well as entertaining the guests with a humorous story about riding an elephant down the high street in Delhi, Mr Ball had some words of wisdom for pupils, past and present, based on his own experiences. He advised that they should: organise their priorities – decide what is important; say ‘yes’ to new opportunities, it could lead to something brilliant; strive to do the best in all things; follow their dreams and, finally, continue to achieve. Good advice for all of us.
The distribution of awards began with recognising excellent attendance; 69 pupils were awarded certificates for 100% attendance for the whole year. A special award went to Rhiannon Hill for the outstanding achievement of 100% attendance throughout her whole five year high school career – a fantastic example of dedication, well done Rhiannon!
Recognition of achievements across the curriculum followed. Pupils in Key Stage Three and Key Stage Four collected awards and prizes in each subject. Sporting achievements were recognised with the presentation of several cups, trophies and medals. The final round of presentations was for achievement in external examinations.