20 July 2017

The annual awards ceremony is a chance for the whole school to gather as one, to share and celebrate our pupils’ successes during the past year.

Victoria Rowe sings at the Awards AssemblyMrs Elson introduced two girls who dazzled us with their superb voices. You could literally hear a pin drop as Victoria Rowe sang ‘With You’ from the musical ‘Ghost’ and Lucinda Hewitt performed ‘Beyond my Wildest Dreams’ from ‘The Little Mermaid’. These special performances set the tone for the splendid occasion ahead of us, as we rewarded our special pupils with certificates and vouchers at this very special school that is St Edmund Arrowsmith.

Recognition and gratitude was given to pupils who had ‘gone the extra mile’ for their forms, recorded 100% attendance, peer mentored younger pupils,  various sporting achievements and participation in all opportunities which had been afforded them throughout this past year. The list goes on…

Two special awards were given out this year. The first one, the Liam Disley Award, celebrates the contribution that Liam made to our school before he was tragically killed in a road traffic accident in 2006 when he was on his way home from school. Liam was a modest boy, who threw himself into school life with gusto, supporting staff and his peers every single day. The types of qualities which Liam displayed when he was in school: he would go that extra mile, he wasn’t a quitter and he was resilient, are just some of the many attributes which this year’s winner possesses. The worthy recipient of this year’s award is Antonia Rout in Year 10. Her commitment to charity work and to her faith really makes Antonia stand out from the crowd. She has played a leading role in raising money for Christies and even orchestrated her own campaign in fund-raising for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.  It was typical of Antonia that she wasn’t in school today to receive this award as she is currently in Lourdes, helping other people!

Staff give out awards to pupilsThe final award of the day is a relatively new award: The Peter Phillips Award. This award is presented to a Year 10 pupil who has made the most academic and all round progress since joining our school four years ago. Many of you will remember Mr Phillips, who served our school well for 39 years. Our school is what it is today because of Mr Phillips - the tremendous contribution he gave, and the impact he had on everyone in school simply cannot be measured.  His advice would always be, “Be the best person that you can possibly be. Never give up and always try your best to succeed.” This award reflects those very important values and the worthy recipient this year is Krystyna Szczerba. Despite English being her second language, Krystyna has worked tirelessly as a member of the chaplaincy group since Year 7, has undertaken the bronze D of E award and acted as a volunteer to work with children with additional needs… to name but just a few of her special qualities. Once again, Krystyna is living out her faith and is currently in Lourdes, assisting others!

As you can see, Eddies is a very special place to be as this has been reflected in the multitude of awards given out today. I feel very fortunate to work in such a wonderfully caring environment and I know others feel the same. Coming to work at Eddies is never a chore; it is something which I look forward to every day as I get the opportunity to work with such amazing young people who I know, in the famous words of Headteacher Mr Dumican, “will go out and make the world a better place to live in”.

Mrs Taylor, School Librarian