Evening celebrates college’s success

STUDENTS have been celebrating success as their school continues to make huge strides in education.

Risedale Sports and Community College, in Hipswell, Catterick, is one of the most improved schools in the region.

To celebrate the efforts of students, governors and staff, a special presentation evening was staged before an audience of family and friends.

Guest speaker Neil Donkin, an education consultant, said: “I believe in Risedale. It is a school that has come on a huge amount, which is fantastic, and it is really good now.

“There is some outstanding learning going on now and the school has ambitions to keep moving on. We can all learn a lesson from Risedale which has had a vision to keep learning and improving.”

Principal John Kelly said: “Neil has been a great help to this college over the past four years and has helped us find the right direction.”

Chairman of governors John Dennis added: “Awards ceremonies like these make me feel really proud to be associated with the college; it makes all the work worthwhile.

“The students are the stars of the evening and I would like to congratulate them on the progress they have made.”

The audience was treated to a piano recital by student Sean Fisher, a medley of songs from the musical Annie performed by Lauren Ross, Katherine Morrison, Amy Judge, Caira Batey, Melissa Fielder and Emily Dick, and a solo performance of The Climb by Tamsin Edge.

The annual awards ceremony was hosted by students Shane Paterson and Holly Biggins. Prizes were given for maths, English, science, RE, geography, history, art, drama, music, German, technology, ICT, PE and health and social care.

There were also awards for overall progress, academic and sporting achievement, community sports, literacy and sports leadership.

The citizenship award went to Emily Dick and the governor’s trophy was presented to Shannon Calvy.