Awards Evening 2014

On the evening of the 20th of November 2014 we held our annual Awards Evening. This year over five hundred pupils, ex-pupils, parents, guests, governors and staff attended, the hall was full.

As is traditional the evening started with recognising the attendance achievements of past and present students. We award those with 100% attendance for the year and from last year’s Y11, and the three dedicated students who managed to achieve 100% attendance for all five years of their time at Sir Thomas Boughey; a remarkable achievement if you think about it, they did not miss a single day in 5 years, a fact they will proudly state on any future application form. After all you have to be here to learn, and the more you learn the more you earn.

We then moved on to recognise those pupils who have been chosen by subject areas, here we recognise those pupils who go above and beyond in some aspect of the academic life of the school. These awards are sponsored by a range of past staff, governors, local businesses and “friends of the school”, who have endowed the awards made in their name.

After the subject awards we moved to the cross-curricular themed prizes, recognising the efforts that some pupils make across a variety of subjects and areas that enhances school life. This year a new award was made for those pupils who had worked with KMF, a local engineering company, to design, build and race an electrically powered car.

We also celebrate the success of our sporting teams. We are a relatively small school but we have been David to several Goliaths in netball, football (both boys and girls) and cricket.

We distribute the certificates that show the success of year 11 of 2014. Each pupil’s achievements are listed in the program and A*/A grades are highlighted, it was good to see so many of our ex-pupils proudly clutching their certificates and awards, surrounded by their friends and family.

Our speaker for the evening was Miss Kate Smith, a barrister at law and an ex-pupil of the school. Her speech was truly inspirational. She left Sir Thomas Boughey just over ten years ago and in that short time has gone on to achieve as she says the “wig and gown,” of her dreams. Her speech began with a quotation,” Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.” She went on to explain how the school and her parents had enabled her dreams to come true. As she said herself, she did not come from a traditional law background but from Halmer End. In her final comments she stated, “I wouldn’t trade all the private schools in the world for what Sir Thomas Boughey has done for me…make the most of everything this school has to offer you…make your time here count and remember that whatever you want to do in the future starts with what you do today.” Everyone is invited to Awards Evening, current Year 11 will be invited to collect their exam certificates, but everyone is invited to attend to collect a 100% attendance certificate or an award recognising their effort or commitment, all you have to do is earn it. See you there next year?

Mr Cumberland.

Click here to read Miss Smith’s speech.