On Monday 15th July Durrington High School held a key stage 3 celebration evening during which students that had shown the highest effort and achievement in a specific subject were awarded a prize. It was also a chance for their parents/carers to see the fantastic work they have been doing this year with each subject hosting a display of excellent work.
In addition to the work displayed there was an MFL café, where people could sample some delicious French and Spanish food, including gazpacho, pain au chocolate and madeleines. Students had to place their order using French or Spanish which was an excellent way for them to practise their conversational skills.
The evening began with 2 excellent pianists, Ela Maybarskan and Billy Hopkins, playing some classical pieces. Mr Fuller, Deputy Head teacher, then welcomed everyone and highlighted what an achievement it was to be invited to the event, ‘We are very proud of you all and hope that you are proud of yourselves for being recognised by your teachers for showing exceptional effort or achievement in a subject. It is important to acknowledge this and for you to be congratulated on a fantastic year.’
A group of students then took to the stage to perform an impressive gymnastics routine and were followed by a humorous performance of The Hare and The Tortoise from students in 8CGr, which had the audience laughing along. It was then time for the first 6 subjects to award one student from each year group for effort and one for achievement with their certificate and prize. Each child proudly shook hands with Mr Woodcock, Head of School, and then stood for a photograph alongside their fellow prize-winning students.
The audience were then treated to two more dramatic performances, the year 7 drama club performed a fantastic extract from The Labours of Hercules and students from 8RBu gave a great rendition of the classic fable The Lion and the Mouse. Following the wonderful performances, the remaining 6 subjects awarded their certificates and prizes to the nominated students.
Mr Fuller congratulated all the students who had won prizes and performed, praising them on ‘making the most out of the plentiful opportunities they are offered at DHS’ and acknowledging that ‘receiving a prize at a large school is an exceptional achievement.’ He also thanked parents and carers for their ongoing support of the students and the school.
Many thanks to Mr Down, Ms Hedger, and all the subject staff for organising such a wonderful evening reflecting on a fantastic year.