Last Tuesday, 3 July, we hosted our rewards evening – one of the main highlights of the year.
As the 2012 Olympics is fast approaching we felt it only appropriate to source a guest speaker from the sporting world this year. However, we did exceptionally well in that we secured an Olympic Gold Medallist, Martin Cross, who rowed in the coxed-4 event with Sir Steve Redgrave at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 when the British team won the first of many gold medals to come.
In his address to the proud award winners and to their parents / carers he spoke of finding something you are good at and enjoy and of persevering with this talent. He spoke of the determination necessary, not only for an athlete, but also of the London 2012 Olympic committee to ensure that there is a legacy for the future and he highlighted the fact that the young people in front of him were the future.
I think Martin made it a memorable occasion, not only because of his great speech, but also because he provided the opportunity, after the event, for anyone who so wished to handle his gold and bronze medals and to be photographed with them. I will certainly never forget that.
It is always a pleasure to see the students receive these well deserved awards. This year we also issued a new award which the students had requested. This was in memory of Lewis Browning who passed away last Autumn following unsuccessful treatments for cancer. Lewis was a great friend to so many students in the school and therefore it seemed fitting that we should have awards for the ‘best friends’ in the school. Our students nominated the award winners themselves and it was Thomas Harford ofYear 8 and Isabel Raymond in Year 9 who received the honour.
I would like to congratulate all the award winners – you deserve this accolade – well done!