The annual awards ceremony at King George’s Hall
The annual Prizegiving Ceremony for Senior School was held at King George’s Hall last night with honoured guests including the Mayor and Mayoress of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the Very Reverend Peter Howell-Jones, Dean of Blackburn.
The proceedings began with a rendition of the National Anthem and then a welcome from Mr Brian Marsden, Chairman of Governors, who discussed the successes of the past year and the potential for Westholme to grow from strength to strength thanks to the hard work and dedication of the students, academic staff and support staff.
Principal, Mrs Horner reflected on the tremendous achievements of the school and especially the examination results of the classes of 2016/2017. She went on to talk about the infinite possibilities for students and the opportunity for them to shape their own futures through inspiration, challenge, transformation and creativity. Mrs Horner reminisced about the history teacher who inspired her as a young student and set her on her own journey.
As always, the evening featured a number of a captivating musical performances which included solos by Louise Jaitly and Fiona Anderson, and an impressive lively interpretation of In the Mood by the School Swing Band.
Head of School, Emma Taylor and Deputy Heads of School, Olivia Pickford and Hebe Smith delivered a very entertaining speech which offered an interpretation of Sixth Form life in the Westholme ‘galaxy’, where students are explorers who navigate the many departmental planets and become part of a vibrant and ever expanding community before at last flying off to discover new worlds.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of prizes to the winners by our honourable guest and Prize Presenter, The Very Reverend Peter Howell-Jones, Dean of Blackburn. The Dean then continued the theme of Mrs Horner’s talk as he spoke of the teacher who inspired him as a teenager and changed the course of his life. Having recently returned from Malawi, he gave a thought provoking and emotional speech about how we can all leave our mark by investing in people and giving others the chance to learn and fulfil their potential – an ethos very much held by Westholme, reflecting the theme for this year of ‘Growth Mindset’.
Following the presentation of gifts to the Platform Party, the audience were delighted by a performance of extracts from Hamilton by the Senior Choir. The Chairman then brought the ceremony to a close with thanks to all those involved in the evening, before the ceremony ended with the traditional singing of the school hymn.
We would like to thank The Dean for carrying out the role of Prize Presenter and offer congratulations to all students who were awarded a prize on this celebratory evening for Westholme.