Friday 18th September 2009 by C. Freeman
BBC news anchor Bill Turnbull was guest of honour at this year's Prize Giving. He gave an engaging talk on his career and outlook during the ceremony, which was attended by hundred of students and their parents.
The Prize Giving started off with a brief introduction from both the Principal and Executive Principal before guests saw a video presentation which gave an overview of the many activities that had taken place at Brooke Weston in the last year.
The students were then presented with their prizes with awards being given for aptitude in individual subjects as well as for each Student of the Year. The highest-performing GCSE and A Level students also received accolades and those who had been successful in the BA CREST Gold awards were presented with their framed commemorative certificates.
Miss Stringer and Mr Turnbull after the Prize Giving.
Musical interludes were provided by George Robinson on piano, Katie Cridge on saxophone and singer James Barry.
Special prizes were also presented with the HSBC Business Student of the Year being named as Nicholas Shepherd. Sean Spooner received the Terence McMahon Memorial Award in recognition of his role in forming and nurturing his own basketball team.
The EC Harris Outstanding Achievement Award went to Ben Johnson who performed as exceptionally in his A Levels as he did in his GCSEs and Lee Stockley received the Voyager Sportsperson of the Year for his dedication to karate.
The Serif Award for excellence in ICT was given to Marsha Green while Joseph Hadden, who achieved brilliant GCSE results, was named as The OCR Outstanding Student of the Year.
Miss Stringer said: 'Prize Giving is a way to celebrate the achievements of so many of our students and I was delighted to welcome along parents, guests and especially Bill Turnbull to join us. Despite having had a very long day he gave a fantastic talk, was very encouraging to the students and must have writer's cramp from all the autographs he gave! Thanks also go to all those who worked so hard to make this year's Prize Giving a success including Parents in Partnership as well as to our sponsors and supporters.'