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Peter Symonds College awards evening 2013
5:48pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
The Symondians Association - L-R: Jess Elliott, Jade Traynor, TSA President Tony Paice, Simon Fern, Chris Smith, James Holman
MARK Easton, BBC Home Editor, returned to his former school as the guest of honour at its 2013 Awards Evening.
He joined sponsors from local businesses and universities, governors, parents, family members and college staff to celebrate the achievements of this year’s 86 recipients.
From 31 different schools, the award-winning students represented this year’s leavers and their varied and successful academic and personal accomplishments over the past two years.
New principal, Stephen Carville, noted that their achievements went wider than just the academic, with high successes also recorded in activities, sport and culture.
Once again this year’s results have helped the college maintain its exceptional pass rate (99per cent in full A level) and to remain well above the national average.
Kate Prescott, the top achiever, realised an incredible 950 UCAS points (with six A levels at A* and a further three AS subjects at A).
Mr Easton gave a short but inspiring address in which he quickly acknowledged that his own academic prowess was not in their league.
“I did all right” he said, admitting that it was only now, “40 years too late”, that he understands “the joy of study and learning”.
In spite of their academic differences, however, he urged his audience not to get too hung up on results. He encouraged them to be recognised by future employers for their ambitions and ability to think both outside the box and for themselves.
To conclude he offered a final piece of advice - to dream and to realise that “study and learning are not just about exams but actually about... being alive.”
The evening closed with a Vote of Thanks by Simon Fern, the outgoing student union president.
Listed are the 2013 award winners (with former schools in brackets): Principal’s Prize for outstanding achievement – Kate Prescott (Kings’); Sponsored Awards - The Mercers’ School Memorial Prizes (Merrett Bequest) for Academic Excellence – Rachel Carter and Laura Carter (Wyvern), Imogen Thomas (Mountbatten), Robert Galbenu (Wildern), Rebekah Holubinka (King Edward VI), Jessica Rush (Wykeham House), George Wharf (Kings’), Ryan Peggs (Thornden); The Symondians’ Association Joe Cox Awards awarded to students for making the most of their time in college - Hannah Bryan (Kings’), Simon Fern (Lord Wandsworth), Paul (Vie) Compton (Royal Hospital, Ipswich), Chris Smith (Test Valley), Charlotte Wilson (Thornden), Jade Traynor (Wyvern), Jess Elliot (South Wilts Grammar), James Holman (Henry Beaufort); BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT - Ryan Peggs (Thornden) and Helena Weare (Romsey); Clement Edwards Award for Photography - Brook Laing (Bishop Wordsworth); Jerry Fisher Award for Economics- Paul Barnes (Wyvern); John Livy Prize for communication in a science subject - Grace Fennelly (Henry Beaufort); Lane Clark Peacock Awards - Cameron Dadkhah (Kings’) and Krishna Bholah (Upper Shirley High); Rod Parry Award for Physics - James Smith (Swanmore); Shenton Solicitors Award for Law - Hannah Quinney (Trafalgar School Downton); Will Dyke Award for Sport – Jess Myers (Swanmore); Winchester Decorative and Fine Arts Society (DFAS) Awards for Art – Winner Nisha Mann (Kings’), Second – Pippa Hooker (Brighton Hill Community College), Third – Emily Stoodley (Swanmore), Runners Up – Harriet Hughes (Gordons), Ruth Watkinson (Bitterne Park); University sponsored awards: Cardiff University - Physics Award - Jeremy Carter (Westgate); Southampton Solent University - Art Three Dimensional Design - Max Zambo (St Mary’s College Southampton); Business Studies - Alex Nixon (Oaklands); Media Studies - Lauren Lind (Harrow Way); Physical Education - Kieran Head (Romsey); Product Design - Simon Craig (Kings’); University of Southampton - Extended Project Awards – Sam Carr (Meoncross), Andrew Eve Climate (Westgate), Opal Harland (Henry Beaufort), Allys Miller (Swanmore); University of Winchester - English Language - Beth Adams (Wyvern); Film Studies - Sam Gupta (Kings’); Health & Social Care - Eleanor Morant (Swanmore); Performing Arts (Applied)- Oscar Owen (Westgate); Subject Awards (A-Z): Activities - Ella Brandt (Hampshire Collegiate School); Art (Fine Art) - Ruth Watkinson (Bitterne Park); Biology - Charlotte Warhurst (Thornden); Business, Administration & Finance Diploma – Jack Clarke (Thornden) and Danny Hammett (Wildern); Chemistry - Kate Prescott (Kings’) and Madeline Adams (Thornden); CILEX - Megan Jones (Henry Beaufort); Classical Civilisation - Rebecca Leigh (Kings’); Communication & Culture - Jennie Cook (John Hanson); Computing - Chris Page (Kings’); Dance - Lynsey Grover (Harrow Way); Drama & Theatre Studies - Tim Chapman (Hampshire Collegiate); Economics - Natalie Rickard (Kings’); English Language & Literature - Oliver Toms (Henry Beaufort); English Literature - Laura Andrew (South Wilts); Environmental Studies - Matt Clark (Kings’); French - Naomi Elliott (Swanmore); GCSE Maths - Simonetta Castilla (Portsmouth High); Geography - Rebecca Hart (Perins); German - Laura Archer (Wyvern); Government & Politics - George Weston (Kings’); Graphic Communication - Verity Lee (Swanmore); History - Lois Young.(Henry Beaufort); Human Biology - Ed Jones (Westgate); IT BTEC National Diploma - Simon Ford (Mountbatten); Italian Katherine Fisher (Westgate); Latin -Steffi Nightingale (Portsmouth High); Level 2 Business - George Grant (Henry Beaufort); Mathematics - Applied - Alastair Bassett (Wyvern), Mathematics – Pure - Henian Su (St George Catholic VA College); Mathematics - Use of - Simon Ford (Mountbatten); Music - James Vail (Bishop Wordsworth); Music Technology - Georgie Wells (Kings’); Philosophy - Dan Falcone (Harrow Way); Psychology - Ben Woodward (Westgate); Sociology – Sophie Woolford (Kings’); Spanish - Jack Allen (Westgate); Sport BTEC Advanced National Diploma - Shannon Clifford (Kings’); Study Support - Chloe Plummer (John Hanson); Textiles - Ellen Fowles (Bishop Challoner).
This story is also in the Chronicle out tomorrow, Thursday October 3.
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