Prince Andrew School holds annual Certificate and Awards Ceremony

Students, parents and invited guests gathered at Prince Andrew School hall to celebrate the annual Certificate and Awards ceremony on Thursday, 29 July 2021.

The Ceremony began with a welcome speech by HE Governor Dr Philip Rushbrook. Governor Rushbrook said:

“The annual Awards Ceremony is the opportunity to take pride in what each of us has personally achieved. Undeniably, ‘achievement’ is a peculiar word. People typically think it is all about good exam results or being top at doing something, but it is not. A synonym in a thesaurus is ‘realisation’. Achievement is realising what you personally have done that you feel went well or was successful. A new skill, finding the courage, doing something a different way or knowing you have done your personal best with things that were difficult.”

The first round of presentations were to award former year 10, 11, 12 and 13 students their certificates in the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE), Vocationally Recognised Qualifications (VRQ), Foundation Certificate of Secondary Education (FCSE) in French, Level 3 certificates and General Certificate of Education (GCE).

Shortly after presentations were made for individual achievements:

Jean Beadon Art AwardHannah Hickling
The Governor’s Award for Excellence at Key Stage 3Vivian Ponsford and Jacob Williams
The PTA Student of the Year AwardKatie-Ray Williams and Tyanne Williams
SURE Sponsorship AwardsKatie-Ray Williams and Ronaldo Johnson
The Jeanette Williams Maths AwardsKatie-Ray Williams and Demi George
The English Language AwardsKatie-Ray Williams, Kyla Joshua and Ronaldo Johnson
Bishop Houghton AwardLuke Bowers
The Joy George Award (recognising outstanding work at KS3)  Cheyenne Yon-Andrews, Amber George and Tyran Henry

The Ceremony concluded with a vote of thanks from Student President, Luke Bowers and Vice Student President, Ronaldo Johnson, and closing remarks from Portfolio Director of  Education, Skills &  Employment, Wendy Benjamin.

Prince Andrew School Head Teacher, Penny Bowers, concluded:

“It has been a long road to be able to award our 2020 students their certificates. When we first heard about COVID-19 in China, I myself, didn’t realise the effects and impact COVID-19 would have globally and locally. This has certainly affected the way we’ve had to operate here on our Island in terms of examinations. Hence here we are in July 2021 instead of December 2020 giving out these awards. Thankfully, our students were still able to be awarded these grades, even if it was in an unconventional way.”


30 July 2021

St Helena Government Communications Hub

Telephone: 22470