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Awards Evening Celebration

The annual Lower School celebration evening always means that the Academy’s Main Hall is packed with students, their families and staff, all looking forward to the awarding of certificates, rewards and trophies to some of our hardest working students.  Before taking their seats in the Hall, all our visitors were able to enjoy a colourful display of work in the foyer comprising of examples of fascinating and imaginative pieces by students in Creative Media, Art, Textiles and Design Technology.

This year’s guest who presented the prizes was Peter Bleksley whom many of the audience knew from the TV series ‘Hunted.’ He also gave a fascinating and cautionary address to the audience which described his life story from ‘bad boy’ to undercover policeman including a spell in a psychiatric hospital before finding his niche as a writer and actor. None of this fascinating story glorified any of his past life but was used as a motivational talk for the students to encourage them to be committed to what they want to do in life, to be truthful and to strive to do their best.

He then helped Mr Feldwick present the awards. As well as subject awards for students from year 7 – 9, there were Enrichment and Chapter awards for outstanding students who have made significant contributions to their Chapters. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of 3 very special awards: The Woodard Board prize, awarded for the most significant contribution to the Christian ethos of the Academy went to Kyran O’Connor The winner of the Trevor Pearless Award for great endeavour and resolution was Imogen Cates and Victoria Laniyan was the very worthy recipient of the Oakwood Shield for Academic Achievement.

Interspersed with the awards were musical items from talented guitarist Levente Vas and a vocal duet from Hannah Lee and Morgan Mooney. Congratulations go to all of this year’s worthy award winners.

Please check our gallery at the end of this term for a selection of photos for the event.


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