More than 125 students received awards for both Effort and Determination in their subject or for Outstanding Achievement at a ceremony at Godalming College called Let’s Celebrate. Other awards or memorial prizes were given to students for their contribution to the college or the community.
A special prize ‘Against all Odds’ was presented to Sam Exworth, an outstanding student who has battled with health issues throughout his time at College, he also received the prize for Outstanding Performance in Law. Ellie Davis who has played the harp at every major College event throughout her two years was presented with prizes for; Contribution to Music by a non Performing Arts Student, Contribution to the Reading Scheme where students volunteer in local primary schools, and the Jack Phillips Memorial Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Drama or Music.
Tamsin Crossman received her prize for Contribution to Womens’ Football after captaining the team to 2nd place in the Surrey College League along with a prize for Effort and Determination in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport. Archie O’Brian had a sweep of awards when he picked up; the Penny Wilkinson Memorial Prize for Outstanding Performance in Mathematics, Outstanding Performance in Product Design, and Effort and Determination Awards for Economics and Mathematics.
Other awards were made to Georgia Griffin and Esta Kissin for their contribution to the Holocaust Educational Trust, Andrew Pink for volunteering in Sport, working with primary age children and an award to Ellie Whitlock for Contribution to the Debating Group after making her way to the Oxford Union National Finals. Her experience at public speaking stood her in good stead as she made the speech on behalf of the Student Union, as its retiring Vice President.
This year 400 students have received the Sixth Form Baccalaureate, more than 100 with Commendation which recognises the significant contribution of students to their community and their own personal development. These students were recognised at the ceremony for their outstanding achievement with the acknowledgement that they have gone above and beyond their studies. Godalming College is one of only 16 Colleges in the country to award the SFBAC to students.
Students and family members at the ceremony enjoyed drinks and canapé and were entertained by the College Jazz Band before the ceremony. For a brief moment the sunny lawns at Godalming College became a theatre space when the College’s theatre company ClassAction gave unique one to one performance. If a character offered you their hand, you were whisked away to your own private space, a table laid for tea, a croquet match, a picnic on the lawn, or a bench in the park, and once there your own, ‘small talk’ performance occurred.
Prizes were awarded by Hugh Pile, the retiring Chair of Governors who gave a gripping speech on his life and works which included working as a school teacher in South Africa during apartheid, as a journalist in Northern Ireland, Central America, South Africa and the Middle East. He gave an account of how this had led him to meet five prime ministers, two men that went on to become presidents of the United States and at least two men who became Chiefs of Staff with the IRA. Hugh believes that education is the greatest gift that one generation can give to another and is very proud to have been working and associated with Godalming College and to have held the office of Chair of Governors for the past six years.