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Beaminster School students rewarded at special awards ceremony
STUDENTS from Beaminster School were rewarded for their hard work as they attended a special awards ceremony at the school.
More than 200 awards were handed out to students in years ten, 11, 12 and 13 in a variety of subject and non-subject categories at the presentation night.
The evening also saw former Beaminster School pupil and silver medallist at the 2012 Paralympic games Paul Blake return to the school.
The sports star spoke to the students in the afternoon and gave a speech congratulating the students on the night.
Mike Best, headteacher at the school, said: “The hall was packed and we all had every reason to be proud of what we have achieved together.
“Students achieved the best GCSE outcomes in Dorset and have done it in some style. “Sixth form students also had every reason to celebrate excellent outcomes and guaranteed progression to the next stage in their careers. “We were celebrating individuals as much as outcomes and after five years together it does feel like saying goodbye to a member of the family. “Mr David Solly, chairman of governors, summed it up when he spoke of ‘pride’ as the key word for the evening.
“Pride in our work, but most of all pride in our students who step into the future very well equipped to cope with whatever challenges await them.”
The awards were based on the pupils’ achievements in the last academic year and the stand out performer was current year 13 student Daisy Curtis.
Daisy scooped seven awards including the head’s award, a leadership award and the Bridport News-sponsored Wordsmith award.
Described by teachers as an ‘exceptional’ student, Daisy scooped the Wordsmith award after setting up an online student newspaper, involving every year group from seven to 13.
She is currently working on the fourth edition of the newspaper even though she is studying for her A-levels and the school said they were ‘immensely grateful for her effort and vision’.
Another ten pupils received special certificates following a successful project with Magna Housing Association.
The project involved pupils attending a meeting organised by Magna and the Dorset Partnership for Older People Project (POPP) aimed at people aged 50 and over to teach them how to use computers.
Dominic Knorpel, community leader in Beaminster and Loders for POPP, said: “I thought these pupils from Beaminster School were a credit to themselves, their families, their school and their generation.
“Anything that can be done to promote interaction, understanding and solidarity between these generations is of great value.”
Former students also celebrated
Achievements by the school’s former year 13 pupils were also celebrated.
Billie Stevens won the Performing Arts award, India Hodder won the Visual Arts, the Student Voice award went to Jasmine Spiers, Megan Edwards won the sport award and Clare Scarborough won the leadership award.
The Bridport News backed Wordsmith Award for outstanding communication and creative writing skills went to Daisy Curtis.
The Head’s award for outstanding academic excellence and achievement went to Christina James, who is now studying in Nottingham.
The Governor’s award for outstanding improvement and effort went to Marcus Crew, now studying at Plymouth University.
Andrew Livingston won the John Darneley award for Community Service.
The Jean Wicks Award for work related learning went to Toby Brookes.
The Wenn Cup was awarded to Thomas Molony.