We celebrated our fourth annual ‘Academy Oscars’ ceremony last Thursday night at The Whitehaven Golf Club. Students, parents and staff attended the glamorous event to celebrate student achievements from throughout the year.
A number of awards were given out to each year group, as well as 11 overall awards for outstanding achievements across the whole school. Awards were presented by heads of years, members of the academy’s senior leadership team and representatives from local and national sponsors of the awards evening.
The evening’s entertainment was provided by Year 10 pupils Megan Smith and Jessica McKee, Year 13 student Michelle Banks and the winning video from Rock Challenge.
Jacki Smith, our Acting Principal, commented: “The awards ceremony was, as always, a fantastic night with pupils across all year groups rewarded for their exceptional performance. This was a night filled with pride and positive energy and it was a privilege to be present and to share in the excitement of the night, to listen to fantastic musical performances and hear of the continued endeavour of The Whitehaven Academy pupils.”
Year 13 student Shona Macleod was named Student of the Year and was awarded a prize from Ms Smith and other overall winners included:
- Team of the Year: Rock Challenge
- Community Contribution: Amy McGregor, Chloe Addison, Claire Congdon and Kelsey Callendar
- Entrepreneur of the Year: Luke Johnson
- Innovation: Keavy Horricks
- 100% Attendance: Owen Todd
- Musician of the Year: Ben Massey
- Artist of the Tear: Laura Biggins
- Sportsperson of the Year: Anna Newlands
- Governors’ Award: Kieran Halligan
- Bright Tribe Award for Resilience: Courtney Parr
Lisa Macleod, mother of Shona, who won Student of the Year, commented: “We are so proud of what Shona has achieved in her time at The Whitehaven Academy. Ms Smith said on the night that Shona won the award through her determination, hard work and support from her parents, but the school needs to take some credit for this too. They have supported everything she has ever done and she is coming out a very confident and focused young lady, who we are all very proud of – thank you to all of her teachers.”
The event was a great success and pupils, staff and parents all agreed that it was a really special evening.
Courtney Parr, a Year 10 student who won the Bright Tribe Award for Resilience added: “The Oscars was an amazing opportunity to reward pupils for all their hard work and effort. The night was absolutely fabulous and we celebrated our achievements from the last year.
“I am so proud that I received an award for resilience – I have changed my life around and become a better person. It just shows that everyone is capable of achieving something in life, you just have to make the effort.”
Special thanks go to the awards’ sponsors Bright Tribe Trust, Doosan Babcock, Atkins Global, Step By Step Education, Mellors Catering, Sports Wear International (SWI) and Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project.