We hosted our second Beyond Westholme evening at Ewood Park last night; a glittering networking event which brought together current and former students for an evening of inspiring conversation focusing on career paths and interests.
The guest Alumni enjoyed a champagne reception on arrival which provided them with the opportunity to catch up with old friends and some members of staff.
Whilst they related stories of their past lives at Westholme, our current students from Years 11, 12 and 13 enjoyed a welcome reception of their own with canapes and soft drinks served amongst in the beautifully decorated, Jack’s Lounge.
Alumni and students with similar interests and career paths were seated together so that they could share ideas and talk about their aspirations and hopes for the future.
After an official welcome from Principal, Mrs Horner, Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Executive Chef at Northcote, delivered the Keynote speech. She talked about how hard work, perseverance and enthusiasm as ingredients for success and how often the journey takes twists and turns which often seem difficult to overcome. Lisa herself had not set out to become an award winning chef, but with a willingness to seek out opportunities and a determination to fulfil her potential, she has succeeded in doing just that and is continually working to meet even higher challenges.
A delicious dinner, provided by Northcote was then served and to ensure everyone met as many people as possible, the Alumni changed places between courses.
The atmosphere was warm and lively and the conversation engaging, as the Alumni imparted their knowledge and experience whilst the students discussed their hopes and dreams for the future.
To close the evening, Head Girl, Laura, gave the Vote of Thanks and the alumni were presented with a small gift. Guests were then free to mingle and make more of those all-important connections, before the evening slowly came to an end.
The event was a great success. Here at Westholme, we always strive to both provide our current students with that extra something whilst also nurturing relationships with our talented array of Alumni. Beyond Westholme certainly delivered in both aspects and thank you to everyone who attended.