Thursday 12th July 2018 saw the school hold its annual awards event: Celebration Evening! The event was re-scheduled from a day earlier to allow parents and children some valuable bonding time on the sofa whilst watching England crash out of the World Cup against Croatia.
Apparently, it’s NEVER coming home! Hey ho…
Before entering the School Hall for the main event, parents, carers, staff and students nibbled on canapés, cakes and sipped cold drinks (kindly supplied by Mrs Ryan, our wonderful Catering Academy manager) surrounded by splendid artwork (expertly curated by Ms Cookson, Mrs O’Toole and Miss Bailey) and wonderfully entertained by a range of talented performing arts students. We were treated to a particularly energetic cheerleading troupe choreographed by Miss Flaherty.
The assembled crowd settled down in the hall to the thumping ‘Highway to Hell’ performed by our Year 7 rock band. Mr Hunt, Headteacher, thanked them, and all guests present, in anticipation of an exceptional evening.
Punctuating the many fabulous awards on the evening (sorry, there are simply too many to name here!) were several memorable performances: a range of classical and popular chart songs; ballet; modern dance; Latin dance; martial arts and musical theatre. Special thanks to our wonderful guests- The Matseliso School Choir- who were over in the UK as part of the Culcheth-2-Soweto project. It was particularly special to share the evening with them.
As usual, the ‘compere without compare’ (well, sort of) was Assistant Headteacher Mr P.H. Groves. The ‘gags’, if this is what they were, were once again groan-worthy on an industrial scale (Evidence? …‘you know why I love teaching, it isn’t the students, it’s working on whiteboards that especially thrills me. I find them re-markable!’)
Over 110 students received prizes celebrating their academic, pastoral, personal and sporting achievements over the last 12 months. Our students, as always, did us proud. Their colourful buttonholes a small token of our appreciation as a staff for these lovely young people. Many a proud parent, grandparent, carer, teacher, mentor and friend swelled with pride as our students collected their richly deserved awards.
It should also be noted that this year’s awards, once again, were designed and manufactured in-house by Mr Heaton using the school’s state-of-the-art laser cutter. They took hours to make but it was certainly worth it: a special memento to keep forever.
Many thanks to absolutely everyone who attended, and particular thanks to our Progress Leaders (Mrs Tanner, Miss Butler, Mr Cushing and Mr Owen), Mr Welsford (Head of PE), Mr Lamble (Deputy Headteacher) Rotary Club representative Mr Jones, Headteacher Mr Hunt and Chair of Governors Mr Patel for presenting the awards.
Special congratulations to Phillippa Makinson and Simran Prakash on their Headteacher and Governor Awards respectively- our two highest accolades. Two thoroughly lovely young people who we wish all the very best for the future; they will do great things and we’re extremely proud of them.
Many thanks also must go to Mrs Petre-Hoyle, Mr Morris, Mr Mullen, Mr Simms and Miss Longden for the long hours spent preparing
the acts and tech for Celebration Evening 2018.
Finally, as ever, our thanks must go to Mrs Sullivan – simply the driving force behind the event. Looking forward to next year already.
Mr Peter Harold Groves
Assistant Headteacher (available for all your compering needs… he’s always available, and there’s a reason for that!)