Celebrating achievements in and out of the classroom

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STUDENTS and staff gathered to celebrate the achievements of the past academic year.

At Todmorden High School’s presentation evening, held at the town hall, awards were presented to more than 100 students in years seven to ten for their work over the past 12 months.

Individual students were praised for the improvements they have made to their learning and for making outstanding progress overall.

Many were given rewards for their involvement with extra-curricular activities and sporting excellence, ranging from cricketing prowess to involvement with Incredible Edible Todmorden, from table tennis to art.

The guest of honour was former student Rebecca Senior, who has just finished her second year at Kings College, Cambridge.

She spoke about the importance of extra-curricular activity as an opportunity to extend awareness and reminded students that “having a go” at a new activity can often lead to a lifelong passion.

Assistant headteacher Melissa Wells said: “It was a wonderful occasion, using the grandeur of the town hall as its backdrop.

“As ever, it was delightful to see so many of our students being acknowledged for their excellent commitment to their own development.

“Events like these remind us all why we became teachers. It is simply wonderful to have so much to celebrate in our students.

“We look forward to their continued development and we know that they will become remarkable young citizens of Todmorden.”

To celebrate the commitment and dedication of the Calder High School pupils who are involved in extra-curricular sports activities, the PE Department hosted an end of year presentation evening at Mytholmroyd Community Centre.

Seventy students and their families and friends shared in their success with speeches, medals and player of the year trophies.

As an extra treat, the night ended with a disco and a feast of hot dogs.

PE teacher Jo McKinney said: “The PE department are very proud of our students’ achievements and were so pleased to be able to publicly bring everyone together to celebrate with them.

“It was a really good celebration of everything we have achieved.

“It was lovely to see the students dressed up and enjoying themselves. They are a credit to the school.

“I will miss them next year.”

Mrs McKinney said the celebration is going to become an annual event designed to get pupils, parents and staff at Calder High to recognise the sporting achievements of the young people and provide an opportunity to celebrate together.

If space, can we have a separate panel for the Calder High award winners?

Netball players of the season

Year 7: Chloe Honour

Year 8: Megan Hampshire

Year 9: Georgia Whitehouse

Year 10: Olga Machado-Legal

Year 11: Anya McGibney

Rounders players of the season

Year 7: Lillie Kowalik

Year 8: Rosie Smethurst-Robinson

Year 9: Rachel Littleboy

Year 10: Rhiannon Healey

Football players of the season

Year 7: Casey Haigh

Year 8: Ben Barber-Oldfield

Year 9: Tom Hosker

Year 10: Jacob Dobson