This year’s Awards Evening took place on Thursday 21st November.
A large number of students who left Shipston at the end of the last academic year returned to collect their GCSE certificates, subject prizes and special awards, together with our current Year 10 and Year 11 students receiving awards for attitude to study and progress against target. We were delighted to see amongst the audience parents, staff, governors, the Mayor of Shipston and representatives from local sponsors the Rotary Club, Stour Valley Lions, Shipston Probus and the Royal British Legion. Our guest of honour was Mr Bob Armstrong who, after many years’ service to the school, recently retired from the school’s Board of Governors. Mr Armstrong also presented the new “Bob Armstrong Award” to ex-Head Girl Abigail Slatter in recognition of her all-round contribution to the life of the school.
Awards Evenings are always special occasions and this was no exception. It is always fascinating to learn what our students go on to do when leaving us. This year one student has taken a place at Shrewsbury School to follow his rowing career whilst another is resident at Repton School on a hockey scholarship. Many have progressed to local sixth forms to study A levels and a good number have embarked on vocational courses at college in areas such as Animal Care, Bricklaying, Hair and Beauty, Health & Social Care and Sports Science. A substantial number, too, have taken up apprenticeships in various professions such as Catering, Carpentry, Farriery and Farming.
In all cases, it is good to see that the sound education they have received at Shipston has stood them in good stead to take the next steps forward in their chosen careers.
Two teams from Year 8 represented the school on Wednesday 20th November at a Faraday STEM Challenge Day at Sibford School organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Tasked with designing and building a prototype of a solution that could be used to help in a relief operation, both teams worked brilliantly, but it was the girls’ team of Nahia, Imogen, Lily, Anaya and Rhiann who were victorious and lifted the trophy at the end of the day.
The boys’ team of Robert, Rhys, Oscar, Jack, Jake and Oscar were also excellent ambassadors for the school.
The school could potentially now qualify for the regional final!
Over the last few days, as is the norm, the school observed the national commemoration for Remembrance.
The whole school gathered together for a special assembly to reflect on the commitment and sacrifice of our armed services. We were proud and honoured to welcome special guests from the Shipston on Stour branch of The Royal British Legion to the assembly, and we thank Chairman, Richard Adams, and President, David Kernohan, for joining us for the event. Students heard the story of Ernest Arthur Webb who served in the 2nd Batallion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and who, at age 29, became the first Shipston fatality of the second world war.
School staff and students were represented by our five senior prefects, Ashish, Minnie, James, Matthew and Amy who took part in the parade and the Sunday Remembrance service on 10th November and attended the marking of the two minutes’ silence on 11th November with Headteacher Gavin Saunders.
We are grateful for the opportunity to be involved, and proud to have raised money for the Royal British Legion through poppy sales in school.