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Wednesday 13th July saw the school hold its annual awards event: Celebration Evening! Before entering the School Hall for the main event, parents, guardians, staff and students nibbled on canapés, cakes and sipped cold drinks (kindly produced by Mrs Keene and several of her catering classes) surrounded by fabulous artwork (expertly curated by Ms Cookson and Miss Bailey) and wonderfully entertained by a range of talented students: including the ballroom-whirlwind that is Shannen Stocks and also the dizzyingly talented Samay Prakash on the xylophone, no less! We were also treated to punk fashion textiles display from several Year 9 students, courtesy of Mrs O’Toole. A splendid start to the evening.

The Hall was genuinely jam-packed; this was certainly the hottest ticket in town! The assembled crowd settled down to ‘Demelza’ played beautifully by the one and only Simran Prakash. You could have heard a pin drop. We went on to enjoy a terrific range of acts: the Year 10 Rock Band with ‘Jump’ by Van Halen; spinebending street dance from a mixed-year ensemble; classical ballet from the amazing Madeline Irwin (it sent chills down the spine); a belting duet of ‘Let It Go’ by James Bay from Amelia Williams and Kitty Wilson; ‘Stars’ from Les Miserable’ by the ever-effervescent CHS Musical Theatre group; the brilliant Matseliso School Choir from Soweto (our very welcome Soweto-2-Culcheth guests on the evening); ‘Respect’ sung by the always fabulous Rae Atkin; Faye Rathmill and Lily Hope combining with ‘Divenire’, a classical piano and dance piece… and many more.

It would be remiss, though, not to mention Joe Campbell’s rendition of ‘Bring Him Home’ which brought the house down. A truly unbelievable voice for one so young. A young man destined for stardom, we feel!

As usual, the compere (there were no other takers) was Assistant Headteacher Mr P.H. Groves. The anecdotes and ‘jokes’, if anything, had deteriorated since last year (Evidence? …during a gap year after my degree, I worked for a French sandal-maker just off the Champs Elysee… a lovely man he was, what was his name again, oh yes, that’s right… Phillipe Fillop.’– cue much groaning and several tumbleweeds). It should be noted that he is not paid for the evening.

The many outstanding performances (apologies but we simply can’t include all performers’ names in this short report!) punctuated the awards themselves as nearly 100 students received prizes celebrating their academic, pastoral, personal and sporting achievements over the last 12 months. Our students, as always, shined. Their buttonholes a symbolic gift 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.

One award that must be mentioned separately is the newly titled ‘The Patric Wilson Award for Endeavour’ presented by our Headteacher, Mr Hunt, to Rhiannon Cooper-Thompson. Well done, Rhiannon. Patric, you may have left us, but you are not forgotten.

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 and translucent blue perspex. They took hours to make but it was certainly worth it. They looked great.

Many thanks to absolutely everyone who attended, and particular thanks to our Progress Leaders (Mrs Brearley, Mrs Tanner, Miss Appleby, Miss Butler & Mr Owen), Mr Welsford (Head of PE), Rotary Club representatives Mr Groom and Mr Curry, Headteacher Mr Hunt and Chair of Governors Mr Patel for presenting the awards. Gratitude must also be shown to our simply splendid Head Girl, Davina Mellows, for her speech at the end of the night. We wish her all the very best for college this year.

Many thanks also must go to Miss Cunningham, Mr Simms, Mrs Quicler and Miss Longden for the many long hours spent preparing the acts for Celebration Evening 2016. Finally, our thanks must go to Mrs Sullivan- simply the driving force behind the event.

And I’ll leave you with this whilst we eagerly await Celebration Evening 2017, why do the French eat a single egg for breakfast? Because one is ‘an oeuf’.

Mr Peter Harold Groves
Assistant Headteacher (available for all you compering needs… if you’re that desperate)

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