A spectacular night celebrating achievements

The Celebration of Achievement evening at the spectacular Royal Hall was a great success and provided a wonderful opportunity for Harrogate Grammar School students to demonstrate their many talents and achievements. On this very special night a whole range of achievements are recognised; academic, sporting, musical and for many, that most important ingredient of any success, effort. It was wonderful to see so many young people come up on stage to receive their awards, which are the pinnacle of the awards system in school. Guests on the evening included the Deputy Mayor, Trustees and Governors and we were privileged to listen to the senior choir with a performance of ‘Hushabye Mountain’ from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, an extract from the school production ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ and the Wind Band with ‘Sabre Dance’ by Khachaturian, all of which sounded outstanding in such a fantastic venue.

On the night, Mr Richard Sheriff – Executive Headteacher, CEO of the Red Kite Learning Trust and President of ASCL, was welcomed as the speaker and he spoke about resilience, failure and the importance of effort and striving hard to be the best version of ourselves that we can possibly be. Jim McHugh, CEO of the Red Kite Learning Trust awarded the prizes. There were also incredibly inspiring speeches from Head Students, Sophie Morrison and Achele Agada. The evening closed with a festive number from the Y13 BTEC band and the full choir, who performed ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ by Slade.

Two new prizes were awarded this year. ‘The Kevin McAleese Award for Determination in the Face of Adversity’, gifted to the school by former Headteacher, Mr McAleese, which was awarded to Cameron Osburn. In addition, The Army Foundation College donated an award for Exemplary Leadership, in recognition of the close links we enjoy with them and this was awarded to former Headboy, George Kendall.

Harrogate Grammar School has had a very successful year, in terms of examination outcomes, GCSE results were outstanding, and the school maintained the excellent outcomes in A Level results. These students have now left ready to take on the challenges of the world but also ready to seize the many opportunities that are out there for the taking.

However, it isn’t just about exam results at Harrogate Grammar School. Last week, students hosted our most popular annual festive coffee morning to date with over 100 senior citizens from our community attending. The warmth, grace and understanding shown by our students was wonderful and greatly appreciated by their guests.

Whilst we proudly celebrate the brilliant academic achievements of our students, we also recognise the positive contribution to the life of the school that students of all abilities are able to make and this is what the Celebration of Achievement evening is all about.

Senior Choir with ‘Hushabye Mountain’ from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Senior Choir with ‘Hushabye Mountain’ from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Prizewinners

Prizewinners

Prizewinners

Prizewinners

Prizewinners

Prizewinners

Prizewinners

Prizewinners

Prizewinners

Prizewinners

An extract from the school production ‘It’s a wonderful life’

An extract from the school production ‘It’s a wonderful life’

An extract from the school production ‘It’s a wonderful life’

Vote of thanks from Head Student, Sophie Morrison

Vote of thanks from Head Student, Achele Agada

Speaker – Mr Richard Sheriff, Executive Headteacher

Deputy Head Students and Head Students with their awards

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