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KS4 Awards Evening

KS4 winners

Pupils, parents and staff gathered to recognise the efforts and achievements of Key Stage 4 pupils during the 2018/19 Academic year.

The awards were presented by Team GB Paralympian Alistair Patrick-Heselton who shared his story of triumphing over adversity through perseverance and determination.  A promising footballer, who had played for Queen’s Park Rangers and in Holland, Alistair was in a serious car accident in 2006 which claimed his best friend’s life, fractured his skull and put him in a coma for two months.  Despite being told that he might never walk again, five years later Alistair joined the Team GB Paralympic football team (for players with cerebral palsy and other brain injuries) and played in the Paralympic World Cup Final in 2012.

Pupils were rewarded for outstanding achievement in subject areas, for setting an example as a year leader and for exceptional contributions to the school community.

Jo-Anne Hoarty, Headteacher at St Paul’s, said:  “Everyone who is nominated for an award should be very proud. They truly represent all aspects of our school motto which tells us to Love, Serve and Do the Best that is Possible.”

Tilly Gerra, one of our VI students, received the award for Year 10 Year Leader.  Teachers said:  “Tilly has made outstanding contributions to school both in and out of lessons.  She is an inspiration to both staff and pupils.”  This summer, Tilly joined the World Challenge expedition to Morocco, taking part in local community projects and completing a gruelling trek through the High Atlas Mountains.

To recognise their sporting success and contribution to school teams, Daniel Pindura was declared Victor Ludorum and Alicia Lewis-Vivas, Victrix Ludorum.  Daniel is currently in the national rankings for the 100m sprint,  His athletics ability has enabled him to finish first in the Buckinghamshire School County Athletics Championship in June this year.  Alicia is a very talented footballer who has represented the school football team, plays for her local club and has also been part of the MK Dons Ladies Academy squad.  Alicia led the St Paul’s team to a victory at the Milton Keynes Schools U16 competition.

The Headteacher’s Award, for the student who has done their very best, was received by Andrei Sarmiento.  Summing up his success, Mrs Hoarty said:  “Andrei received a set of GCSE results which he should be immensely proud of.  His results included five Grade 9s in Chemistry, Maths, Physics, RE and Music.”  Andrei also received the award for Music and entertained guests at the event with an amazing rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Hey Joe’.

Catherine Albone, Declan Fernandes, Rudolf Gieseke, Ellis Jagger, Emma Lawrence, Finlay Martin and Thomas Navin  collected their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award at the ceremony.  Mrs Hoarty said:  “All of these students have given their time to others, developed new skills, improved their physical fitness and undertaken a hiking and camping expedition that pushed them to their limits.  Their dedication and effort is to be commended and we as a school are immensely proud of everything they have achieved.”

Students received a certificate and trophy and category winners were also given vouchers.

Mrs Hoarty and Alistair Patrick-Heselton

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