2 December 2013 | Comments
The Prince Andrew School Awards ceremony was held in the school hall on the morning of Thursday 29 November. Head teacher Paul Starkie opened with a motivating speech about Mark Ingles, who climbed Mount Everest although he had both legs previously amputated due to severe frostbite. Paul conveyed to students that although Mark had a disability this did not prevent him from reaching his goal – with the help of team effort he never gave up and continued to strive forward.
Paul concluded with the message:
“If you set your mind to something you will succeed, be role models to others and an ambassador for Prince Andrew School.”
The awards began with the presentation of GCSE, GCE, VRQ (vocational) AS/A levels followed by individual awards for top performers. Recognition was also given to students who joined Prince Andrew School last September from overseas who achieved passes in their exams but were too late to be given certificates. The winner of the Jean Beadon Award was Keisha Peters, announced by Deputy Head of Student Services, Penny Bowers.
Niza Yon and Scott George were presented with the ‘HE Governor’s Award’ and the ‘Joy George Award’ respectively.
Joy George commented:
“These two students achieved this award today because of their good attitude towards their learning.”
The ‘Bishop Houghton Award’, presented by Cathy Hopkins, was awarded to Lisa Joshua, who showed commitment not only within her studies but also with dedication to her extracurricular activities and volunteering.
The ‘Prince Andrew School PTA Award’ was presented to Josh Hubbard, who also received a prize sponsored by Sure Ltd, with student Robin Midwinter as the top performers within Year 11.
Top vocational students were awarded in each year group by Kirsty Joshua and Tammy Williams. This particular award acknowledges students who have shown enthusiasm within fields such as agriculture, mechanics, hospitality and design and technology. The final award of the day was the ‘Highest Vocational Skills Achiever’ presented to Stephan Isaac presented with a sponsered prize from Solomons.
Brining to a close to the presentation, Head Girl Chelsea Young gave a vote of thanks to the Governor, and added:
“I hope the awards ceremony today provides motivation for all students, and I wish you all good luck for the future.”
Closing remarks came from Director of Education and Employment, Colin Moore, who stressed the importance of vocational and academic qualifications and the sheer number of young people who are today recognised for their success.
2 December 2013