Tadcaster Grammar School Senior Awards Evening celebrated the success of its students past and present, with its Guest Speaker delivering an inspiring speech recognising achievement through adversity.
Headteacher Martyn Sibley welcomed everyone to the special evening, saying what a huge pleasure it was to see so many attending, particularly those who had left in the summer for pastures new.
He welcomed Guest Speaker David Wiseman, the UK Team Captain at the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando and said what a privilege it was to have David back in school. “David has been an inspiration to so many people,” said Mr Sibley of the former Tadcaster Grammar School student. “We are all incredibly proud of your achievements”.
“I would like to congratulate every single one of you on your achievements,” said Mr Sibley. “Sometimes it is easy to regard school outcomes simply in terms of numbers, data and league tables but I know that these results reflect a huge amount of hard work and dedication to your studies. We must always remember that behind every GCSE and A Level grade there will have been considerable sacrifices, some heartache and the occasional sleepless night. My job is to ensure that TGS continues to be ambitious, continues to be self-reflective and self-improving and continues to deliver the very best possible learning experiences that we can for every single student. I consider myself very lucky to be able to have that responsibility and working with you is an absolute pleasure each and every day.”
Mr Wiseman presented prizes and certificates to students in Years 11, 12 and 13 and a host of special prizes as follows:
The Joe Lister Trophy for Sporting Achievement: James Tucker
The Drama Prize: Hollie King
Most Enterprising Student: Aaron Furminger
The Iain Farnsworth Trophy for Academic Achievement: Emily Baylis
The Oglethorpe & Dawson Shield for Outstanding Performance: Benjamin Lewis
Governors’ Shield for Service to the School: Jessica Render
House Leaders’ Special Award: Emma Booker
Director of Sixth Form Shield: Amy Bilbrough
Head Boy and Girl, Cabhan Conway and Eleanor Dodd gave the vote of thanks to Mr Wiseman following his inspiring and thought-provoking Address in which he talked about his time as an Army Captain, being wounded in the chest by the Taliban and the long recovery period, his subsequent involvement with The Endeavour Fund and as UK Team Captain at the 2016 Invictus Games working alongside Prince Harry.
In a tweet following the event Mr Wiseman said: “Thank you. Really pleased to meet so many fantastic young people – there should be some proud parents in Tad tonight!”