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Kingsley celebrates at its inaugural Awards Evening

posted 14 Dec 2016, 03:45 by Michele Colt   [ updated 14 Dec 2016, 03:45 by Kingsley Academy ]
On Thursday 24th November 2016, Kingsley Academy hosted its
first Annual Awards Evening.  This was an opportunity to celebrate our students’ achievements in the academic year  2015/ 16 and showcase a range of their talents and abilities.

The evening was well-attended by students, both past and present, along with parents and special guests.  It began with a drinks reception and a chance for staff, students and parents to mingle. Students who were returning from college were happy to catch up with old friends and there was an excited buzz in the air.

The formal part of the proceedings, hosted by Ms Gladstone and Mr Sadhra, was where students were invited on to the stage to receive their award.  There were prizes for different subjects, progress and attainment in every year, a student award, sports awards and awards for students who best represented the Kingsley Academy values. Not every prizewinner could attend because they were away at university, but parents attended in their place, and one father even went on stage to collect his daughter’s award. We welcomed former headteacher, Roger Shortt to present the ‘Roger Shortt Award for Performing Arts’.  The rest of the prizes were awarded by Ms Kirby, Ms Surani, Ms Naidu and our head boy and girl, Clive Vijayaram and Amber Tulett.

The evening was also an opportunity to showcase the impressive work that goes on at Kingsley Academy.  Artwork was on display along with a short film made during the trip to Haworth.  However, particular credit goes to those who performed live on the night.  We heard an accomplished piano piece from Trudy Tucker, a powerful solo by Ocean Pun and three moving poetry readings from the [sic] magazine team, Alexandra Ribeiro Santos, Adil Nazareth and Arantsha Colaco.

The highlight of the evening, though, was the gasp of awe as our keynote speaker, Paralympic athlete, Tim Prendergast, pulled his gold medal from his pocket.  He inspired our  students through his talk about his own resilience and the strength gained from overcoming setbacks in order to pursue your dream.  He finished by saying that, whilst his blindness meant that he could not see the students, he could feel the sense of aspiration in the room. We wholeheartedly agree. We are proud to work with students who show such drive and determination to achieve their ambitions.  It was delightful to share in the celebration of their achievements.

Congratulations to all of our winners! Click here to see the full list of winners.