Hundreds of students were rewarded for their academic and extra-curricular achievements at our Presentation Evening.

Students from Year 8 to 11 received awards in front of a packed audience of parents, family members, carers and staff.

House awards were also made, with the Athletics Day Trophy going to Kolbe House and the  Attendance Shield being won by John Paul House.

The opening prayer was delivered by academy chaplain Jannice Richtof and this was followed by an introduction from deputy head teacher Hazel Boyce.

Kevin Gritton, head teacher , told the audience that it was sheer hard work and practice that made the difference rather than pure talent.

He said: “We talk a lot about talent and a lot of students have talent and gifts but the difference is not talent it’s sheer practice. Very often you think you are good at just one thing but not another but all of you here have got the ability to work hard, to practice, to attend well and to keep doing well.”

Mr Gritton paid tribute to his younger brother who was determined to become a professional footballer.

He said: “He was just like you and he had the same qualities and attitude, it wasn’t about being talented or gifted, it was about grafting and hard work. To achieve 100 per cent attendance, that’s hard. A massive well done to you, keep doing what you are doing, keep working hard and keep practising, practising, practising. Well done everyone.”

The academy’s chair of governors, Sherri Medcalf, also addressed students.

She said: “Many of you might have particular skills that allow you to achieve in certain areas more easily. For most of us achievements in some areas is realised through sheer effort and persistence. What we lack in natural ability we make up for in hard work. Don’t give up and think of the satisfaction you get when you work hard at something.”

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