Students are recognised at special awards evening
PUBLISHED: 17:33 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:12 22 May 2018
Talented and dedicated students have been honoured at a special awards ceremony.
An evening of celebration marked the achievements and success of students in Years 10 and 11 at Benjamin Britten Music Academy in Lowestoft.
Held at the Marina Theatre on May 3, the second Benjamin Britten Music Academy Upper School awards ceremony was hailed a success.
More than 80 awards were presented during the event, which was well attended by staff, students, parents and carers.
Hosts Mrs Wright, Head of Year 11, and Miss Munnings, Head of Year 10, introduced the programme of events before Simon Hooton, a trustee of the school board, congratulated the students and parents for their efforts.
Praising the assembled guests, he added: “It is our rounded enthusiasm that gets them (the students) through this time”.
More than 80 awards were then presented to the students for all subjects across the curriculum by deputy headmaster David Park. Framed certificates and specially commissioned trophies were handed out, with the awards selected by the teachers as they reflected improvement or success in various disciplines. The school choir then performed their rendition of the popular songs ‘Photograph’, ‘This is Me’ and ‘Somewhere only we know’ to well-deserved applause. Headmaster Jim McAtear congratulated students, parents and staff for their collective efforts. He also praised the support of the Britten-Pears Foundation (BPF) in helping more than 200 Britten students take up music or singing in the last two years.
Mr McAtear told the youngsters that “not only do you have your family and friends behind you, you have the whole community and the whole town behind you”. He concluded by thanking the teaching and support staff for providing so much opportunity and guidance. Guest speaker Waveney MP Peter Aldous, spoke about hard work, endeavour, aspiration and his experiences as an MP.
The Britten-Pears awards were then presented by Joe Carr, of the BPF, in recognition of achievements in music, dance and drama. Specially commissioned trophies sponsored by local organisations were also presented to Year 11 students who had made a noticeable contribution to school and community life. Head girl Grace King and head boy Dean Short thanked everyone for their support as they brought the ceremony to a fitting close.
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