Gillotts Students in Years 7-9 celebrated success at an awards evening at the school last week.
Before the awards were presented, magician James Rainer performed a magic card trick and spoke about why practice is what you need to succeed.
Awards were given for biggest positive impact for each subject, house points, attendance, contribution to the community, extra curriculum involvement, House role model, independent learner, school values, most improved attitude to learning for progress and the girl and boy of the year for each house.
Catharine Darnton said, “Thank you to James for such an inspiring talk. I know that dedication and practice applies to all the students that have received an award tonight. It didn’t come easily, it came through dedication. To achieve 100% attendance this year, against all the odds even that is a phenomenal achievement now and worked very hard for that.”
Catharine went on to thank the 120 staff throughout the school. Adding, “Without them the successes that we’ve just celebrated wouldn’t have happened from caretakers to house admin staff to teachers. We absolutely are a fantastic team here. What has become clear since Covid that each year it has added and added for young people and I’m feeling really conscious of all the opportunities that the students have missed. It has been very slim time in many ways, but an incredibly inspiring time when staff have shared me with incredible art, performances and cooking at home. What we have shared tonight is both home-schooling and school in a really unique way. Huge thank to all you parents for home-schooling and to say that part of these awards goes to you tonight. I could not be more proud of the young people. I don’t see any loss, I just see young people who have risen to the challenge and are just fantastic roles models who I’m looking forward to working with them through KS3 and KS4 into their GCSE years.
The top awards went to the following students:
Darwin Students of the Year – Katie and Freddie
Pankhurst Students of the Year – Dulcie and Noah
Orwell Students of the Year – Faith and Cameron
Duke of Edinburgh Award – Alice
The Stevens’ Resilience Award – Cameron
Best KS3 Student – Jemima