Awards Evening Ends on a High Note
04 May 2018
Deserving students were rewarded for their efforts in the classroom, the community and across the school at Ashby School's annual awards evening.
Guest speaker was opera singer Harriet Eyley, a former student at Ashby, who returned to present the awards and to deliver two spine-tingling performances for an audience of parents, students and staff.
During the night, she presented awards for academic excellence to students across all faculties, as well as for endeavour and commitment in many areas of school life.
The evening also included a performance of Chopin on piano by Year 13 student Alex Anderson, who went on to win the Clive Jones Shield for his work as Erdington House Captain, his contribution to the music department and his willingness to help out.
The Woodcock Award for academic excellence went to Kaitlyn Foster whose natural linguistic ability and rigorous preparation have earned her a place to read Classics at Oxford University from October.
Anna Thorn was the recipient of the Clare Hollingworth Prize for an outstanding piece of geography coursework. The prize was first awarded last year in memory of Ms Hollingworth, a former Ashby School student and investigative journalist who famously broke the news of the outbreak of World War II.
Alex Harrap was the winner of the A level physics award and also picked up the Maureen Marfani Community Award for his involvement in various sports, his local Beaver Scouts group and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
The student senior team of Daniel Wilde, Natasha Kirk, Matthew Coward and Hatty Johns were also presented with awards for their role as ambassadors for the school. They paid tribute to outgoing headteacher Eddie Green, who was attending his final awards evening before taking early retirement at the end of the academic year.
Mr Green said: "This evening is all about celebrating student success. It is wonderful to welcome back former student Harriet Eyley, knowing that, with her determination and a little help from Ashby School, she was able to go away and realise her dreams. We hope that the students receiving awards this year will be able to do the same."