THE hard-work and achievement of pupils at Saddleworth School was recognised at their presentation evenings last month.
The school transformed their hall to make it look special for the events, with one held for each Year group to celebrate their achievements last year.
Many awards were given to the students, including for attainment, progress, and effort, as well as special awards from subject areas.
As well as this, there were awards for attendance and contribution to school to recognise the impact pupils make away from their academic studies.
Special Awards were handed out from the Year team, with the Pastoral Support Assistant and Home School Leader each selected their own ‘Student of The Year’.
Each evening was supported by acts from the year group, varying from singing, dancing and poetry to personal stories and football tricks, and all events were well attended by pupils and their families.
This year, there was a new special award this year recognising Outstanding Community Service in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.
The award is named after former teacher, the late Philip Renold, who set up the scheme at the school, and was introduced by Richard Knowles, a governor at the school.
It was presented to two pupils by Philip’s wife Rosie, who met Philip at the school where she was a Catering Supervisor, and their children John Michael and William were also at the presentation evening.
One recipient was Sophie Southern, who coaches St Chad’s primary school netball team, is a peer mentor for younger students, coaches rounders for Saddleworth Olympics and helps with litter-picking in Greenfield.
The second was Joseph Mumford-Lloyd, who helps with extra-curricular activities for children in transition between primary and secondary school, representing Saddleworth School at a Peace Conference, and supporting a local primary school.
A separate PE presentation night was also held to recognise the hard work and success of students in sport, with a male and female ‘performer of the year’ selected from each year group.
There were additional awards including commitment, extra-curricular, and endeavour.
And Daisy Shepherdson was the worthy recipient of the prestigious Kevin Sinfield Award for Outstanding Achievement at a packed Saddleworth School Sports Awards, marking the third year of the ceremony since its inception in 2015.
Daisy was recognised for her A* grade in GCSE Physical Education, in which she attained exceptionally high practical and theoretical marks.
Daisy’s attitude towards PE was exemplary, earning her many plaudits and a place in the England rounders squad in 2017.
It was a fantastic evening in which more than 80 pupils from years seven to 11 received awards.
It was capped off with a truly inspiring motivational speech on how to achieve success from former head boy Kevin Sinfield, MBE.
Kevin attended the event for the first time as in the first two years it clashed with his rugby commitments with Leeds Rhinos.