Let's Celebrate 2016 Award Winners
The largest ever turnout for an awards evening met retiring Principal, David Adelman when he made his last speech to students and parents about his time at Godalming College and his hopes for the students leaving College this year. He shook hands with every student as they came to the stage to receive their award either for Effort and Determination or for Outstanding Achievement in their subject or for their contribution to the College or wider community at the Let’s Celebrate event on Tuesday evening.
There are a few students who stand out because they have gone above and beyond what is required at College. Ryan Kirby, who has been studying the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport won the Sports Volunteer Award for his significant contribution to working with local schools and building access to after school sports clubs. He has completed over 150 hours of volunteering this year with excellent feedback from the local primary schools, which supports the evidence of his passion to make sure children have access to positive experiences in sport. His teacher adds ‘he has acted as a mentor to his peers and has demonstrated the highest dedication and skill, this passion and commitment will assist him in becoming an excellent primary school teacher’.
Catriona Eldridge who has taken part in many high profile debates whilst at College won the award for Overall Outstanding Performance and Contributions to the Debating Group. The leader of the debating group says ‘Catriona is a superb debater with such outstanding skill in forensic argument that she can wrong foot even adult judges. If I was on trial for my life I would like her to be my barrister!’
Zoe Porter was presented with the Anstice Fearon Memorial Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Life of the College through Involvement in Extra-Curricular Activities and the Overall Contribution to Promoting Equality and Diversity. She has given up much of her spare time over the two years working with both students and senior staff to ensure that there is a platform for student voice and that this democratic process is active. As a leading member of the Equality and Diversity Group, LGBT group and the Students Union she has shown great maturity, boundless enthusiasm and total commitment. As an upper sixth politics student she has also been involved in debate in the mock EU referendum as part of the Shaping Futures Programme for lower sixth students.
Brenda Jenner, Chair of the Corporation and George Chantry retiring President of the Student Union both gave speeches relevant to the occasion. Brenda provided the audience with a little more information about David and his achievements whilst also congratulating the students present for working so hard to achieve their goals. George who until the day before the Let’s Celebrate evening was still taking exams for one of his five A level subjects will be looking forward to taking his place at Oxford later this year to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
George has been instrumental in not only running the Student Union but also jointly leading the Secular Society at College, which promotes free speech and honest debate and has been an important member of the Jazz Band. The Let’s Celebrate evening also happen to coincide with his 18th Birthday.
Brenda says of the evening, ‘This evening at Godalming College is always a celebration of the achievements of our students. We are very proud of the many and varied achievements of all our students. We also should celebrate the contributions and dedication of our staff who ensure that our students achieve to the maximum of their ability’.
Students and family members at the ceremony enjoyed drinks and canapé and were entertained by the College Jazz Band before the ceremony. Visitors mingled in the new English and Modern Foreign Languages Centre and in the Sports Centre and enjoyed one off performances from the Performing Arts students.
A musical interlude during the prize giving ceremony involved talented musician, Peter Fenech who played Sarabande from Suite No.3 for Cello by Bach. Peter also won the Contribution to Music prize for his work directing the string ensemble this year and his professionalism when conducting the Concert Orchestra.
The final speech was from David Adelman, Principal who wished the students the very best for their life after Godalming College and thanked them, their teachers and support staff for their dedication and commitment, their hard work and togetherness.
He closed by adding ‘I have had fifteen great years leading this great College. I have acquired a few more grey hairs since I started here – but it has been a pleasure and a privilege to be Principal at Godalming. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself’.