Celebrating our students’ achievements is one of the most important, and one of the most rewarding, things we do at Kingsmeadow. Our Academic Award Evening, held on 16th November, is the biggest and most exciting of our wide range of celebration events and activities. It celebrates the efforts, resilience and achievements of our students for the whole preceding year and is a great opportunity for us to publicly recognise the hard work that our students put into their studies at Kingsmeadow.
The hall was beautifully presented, with table decorations and (almost) festive lighting. A buffet and refreshments welcomed our guests which included students, their families, school staff, governors and the Worshipful Mayor of Gateshead, councillor Pauline Dillon. A stage and lighting set the tone for a very special, memorable occasion for the forty four students who were receiving their awards.
The award-winners included existing key-stage 3, key-stage 4 and sixth-form students, as well as awarding those who left in the summer following their exams. It is important to Kingsmeadow that students are awarded for their efforts, not just results. And so our existing students had been nominated for their awards, by their teachers, based on their effort and their resilience. Similarly, our leaving students were nominated not only for their results, but also for the effort that they put in to achieve those results. Student award-winners received a Kingsmeadow certificate, and those who attended the evening also received an intu Metro Centre voucher. Every student who tries hard to achieve at Kingsmeadow school is capable of winning an award – not just the best academically.
The night was made all the more special by the members of the two school bands, who entertained us with wonderful musical performances. The year 11 school band and the Kingsmeadow steel pans band both performed beautifully and were a credit to the school.
None of the students receiving awards knew beforehand what they were receiving their award for – leading to some whoops of excitement and gasps of astonishment as winners were announced. We cannot list all award-winners here – but must acknowledge the winner of the prestigious Headteacher’s Award: Jade Vickers. Her work ethic, excellent attendance, commitment to school teams and extra-curricular events and learning make her a role-model for future students and a worthy winner of the award.
A huge thank you too all of the staff and students who worked hard to make the evening possible – and very well done to all award winners.