World champion swimmer Mark Foster handed out hundreds of awards at this year’s Prize Giving ceremony. The athlete, who has also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and commentated at the 2012 Olympics, gave an inspirational 20-minute talk to students.
The evening started with a video review of the year that showcased some of the many activities, trips and visits from the past 12 months, including the expedition to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands this summer.
This was followed by Mr Foster’s presentation when he spoke about his 23-year swimming career representing Britain during which he won 47 major international medals and competed in five Olympic Games. He also showed students clips of him in action in the swimming pool and on the dance floor.
Students from Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 received awards for showing outstanding effort in individual subject areas while Student of the Year Awards were presented to Amelia Sulch in Year 7, Emily Brown from Year 8 and Winston Ho from Year 9 who each scored percentages in the high 80s in their exams this year. Lauren Coull from Year 10 was given the same accolade for her 94% average score while Leanne Tough was named Year 12 Student of the Year with commendations in geography and biology.
George Robinson played two piano pieces and the Chair of Governors, Phil Harris Bridge, addressed the audience that comprised our sponsors, trustees, governors, local dignitaries, proud parents and staff.
Awards were given to our top 20 performing GCSE students who, between them, achieved an astonishing 97 A* and 85 A grades this summer. Also celebrating were 17 A Level students who had each achieved at least three A graded A Levels. Many are going on to study at prestigious universities with six gaining entry to Oxbridge.
A further six students were awarded the BA Crest Gold awards for their work with local firm Benteler Automotive that was so well received that the technology developed was installed it on their production line.
The evening ended with a round of special awards: Molly Beeby received the Jennifer Smith Award for History, Mr Andrew Prigmore presented Aidan Coull with the HSBC Business Student of the Year. Jack Howley received the Jack Cheatley Memorial Award while Rheneas Chudley was given the Creativity and Design Award.
Sports Person of the Year was Lauren Coull, The Principal’s Award went to Vicki Louise Sherwin while Tricia Banks from OCR presented Ana-Maria Ianus with a laptop for being the OCR Outstanding Student, which is awarded to the top-performing GCSE student. The Hugh De Capell Brooke Award is traditionally given to the most outstanding A Level student. For the first time ever in Brooke Weston’s history two students were so evenly matched that prize was generously doubled so that both Victor Ho and George Robinson received matching awards from Mrs Wendy de Capell Brooke.
Congratulations to all those who received prizes and thank you to Mark Foster, the audience, organisers and technical staff who made Prize Giving 2015 such a success.