November we were delighted to welcome a record audience of more than 450 students, former students, parents, friends, school governors and staff to our Annual Awards Ceremony in our Sports Hall. We gave out examination certificates to former Year 11 students, many of whom have now settled into our Sixth Form, and to last year’s Year 13 who came back from University or took a break from apprenticeships, a gap year or employment to join us. We gave out prizes in every subject for excellence as well as awarding prizes for contribution to the school and wider community and for Student Leadership.
Our guest speaker was Sébastien Foucan who invented free running. Most of the audience knew him from the James Bond film Casino Royale where he pursued Daniel Craig across girders and cranes in a memorable 10 minute chase scene which Sébastien informed us actually took 3 months to shoot. He also went on tour with Madonna to perform free running stunts on stage and talked about the strength of her work ethic and her professionalism. He talked with humility and humour about his achievements, delivering a universal message about the components that contributed to his success – self-belief, determination, high aspirations, hard work and practice, integrity and making the most of your talents.
Afterwards, we met up for refreshments in our Sixth Form Common Room and found out from ex-Year 13 about their experience of University life or the world of work whilst Sébastien posed for photographs!
It was a proud evening for everyone as we recognised excellence, achievement and commitment and wished our students success in the next phase of their life.