Awards Evening 201923-Oct-2019
On Tuesday 8th October, Furness Academy held its annual awards evening to celebrate the achievements and successes of their students during the last academic year. This year, they took the decision to merge their two awards celebrations into a singular event and celebrate Year 7 through 11 all in one special evening. They event was to celebrate a wonderful year at Furness Academy, filled with opportunity, experiences, successes, achievement and a lot of hard work, particularly by their former Year 11 students who joined the award winners on the evening to collect their GCSE certificates, the culmination of their hard work over the last 5 years at Furness Academy.
The evening’s Guest Speaker was Neil Doherty who presented the students with their awards. Neil, joined Furness Academy on the evening from his role as a Senior Business Management Advisor from BAE Systems. However, as was learned for Neil’s speech later in the evening, he has had a varied and interesting career that led him to his current position. He provided some key messages to the assembled audience that he has learned from his own experiences, regarding grasping opportunity, trusting in your own abilities, believing in yourself and being resilient.
It was a wonderful evening with the successes of over 120 students being celebrated. On the evening, prizes were awarded in all subject areas, for progress, for excellence in STEM, for dedication to the Arts and more. The presentation of the very special DOLS award, was poignant as each Director of Learning Standards stood up and presented a special award to a student in their year group, one whom was chosen by them for being outstanding during the last academic year. Each student was chosen for many different reasons, including dedication to school, academic and personal achievement, courage and determination, plus much more.
The awards culminated in special awards for the Year 11 leavers’. The hard work and dedication of two students was recognised by the Headteachers Award, presented to former Head Boy and Deputy Head Boy, Luke and Adam Smith. A huge congratulations to Farrell Ackred who achieved this year’s prize for Academic Achievement, gaining the best GCSE results this year. The most prestigious award of the evening was presented at the end, the Lord Hutton Award for Resilience and Ambition. This award is presented to two students who have faced adversity, overcome this and have great ambition for the future. The prize went to two very worthy winners, Chloe and Paige, along with a bursary prize to help them with their studies and careers. It was lovely having the former Year 11 students in school on the evening and to hear all about college, work and all manners of study that they are undertaking.