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Pupils in Years 7-10 have been recognised for their efforts in school today, as another academic year draws to a close. The Headteacher, Ms Tracey Reynolds, alongside our dedicated team of form tutors, selected and spoke about the character and achievements of a small number of students who have this year exemplified the very best of what Budehaven is about. Ms Reynolds commented: ‘Today was our opportunity to celebrate Budehaven success and for our students to be proud of what they have achieved, as I am proud them. By contributing positively to our school, they have made the school a better place’. The following pupils received The Budehaven Way Awards:
We finish what we start – Abby-Jane and Mia
We are ambitious – Finley and Emily
We are self-improving – Asfiya and Lucy
We are explorers and we are curious – Harry and Caja
We create opportunities and make connections – Tom and Edward
We are kind – Louie and Daniel
We are knowledgeable citizens – Millie and James
In a special celebration assembly for Years 7 and 8, subject leaders singled out young people for their distinguished contributions in a range of subject disciplines and the parents and carers of the winners, were invited in to watch as these impressive young people received their awards:
Young Writer – Kofi
Young Reader – Jude
Young Mathematician – Fern
Young Scientist – Dan
Young Geographer – James
Young Historian – Isaac
Young Linguist – Marlo
Young Artist – Arne
Young Musician – Bea
Young Actor – Isla
Later in the morning, subject leaders presented awards to students in Years 9 and 10, in recognition of their particular expertise in the subject disciplines. We have presented these awards now for four consecutive years. Our teachers have carefully selected notable figureheads from (or symbolic of) their specialist fields, after whom they have named their awards, to encourage Budehaven pupils to aspire towards the greatness that these characters, often from humble backgrounds, have achieved. You might notice one or two examples of colourful local characters in the list too – our Geography team named their award after Len Tozer, local legend and previous leader of Geography in school, and our Music teachers renamed their subject award two years ago to remember the services to music in school of previous Headteacher, David Barton.
The Maya Angelou Award for English – Hannah
The Charles Babbage Award for Maths – Felicity
The Rosalind Franklin Award for Science – Raily
The Margaret Hamilton Award for Computing – Abby
The Len Tozer Award for Geography – Charlotte
The Rosa Parks Award for History – Abby
The Coco Chanel Award for French – Hannah
The Salvador Dali Award for Spanish – Kate
The Anita Roddick Award for Business – Emily
The Sir Ben Ainslie Award for PE – Jack
The Steve Jobs Award for DT – Connor
The Dalai Lama Award for RE – Jessie
The Malala Yousafzai Award for PSHE – Ashton
The Kurt Jackson Award for Art – Freya
The David Barton Award for Music – Molly
The Robin Williams Award for Drama – Amelie
The ceremony for Years 9 and 10, also saw the first presentation of prefect badges, for those students who made successful applications to become the first of the Budehaven team of prefects which will begin to operate in September. Budehaven Prefects will represent the school at public events, such as open evenings, parents’ evenings, shows and performances. They will act as role models to younger pupils, upholding The Budehaven Way and working alongside the staff team to positively influence conduct around school. They will meet with leaders in the school, bringing ideas and suggestions to the table which will support the school on its ambitious journey of continuous self-improvement.
EFFORT, PROGRESS AND EXCELLENCE
In addition to the special awards listed above, teachers have also recognised pupils in each year group and class, in the following ways:
Certificate of Endeavour – awarded to all pupils with good, or better, attitude to learning shown throughout the year
Certificate of Excellence – awarded to the single best performing pupil, in that subject, in their year
Certificate of Achievement – awarded to the pupil making the most progress, in that subject, in their year
Highly Commended – awarded to one pupil from each class, in each subject.
All pupils at Budehaven belong to one of our six houses: Anning, Turing, Rowling, Mandela, Hepworth and Owens. As part of the last day celebrations, form tutors nominated two students from each house to receive their house colours badges. Winning pupils were chosen for closely representing their house values.
The Sports Day Cup was presented last week to Rowling House.
The House Cup, which recognises team efforts of the houses throughout the year, was this year presented to Anning House.
Both end-of-year assemblies finished with a celebration of attendance. Form tutors have identified one pupil in each tutor group for special recognition of their attendance this year. For all sorts of reasons and circumstances, it is not always easy for some of our young people to attend school as regularly as we would like and so it is important that we acknowledge where pupils make a special effort to attend well. Four pupils in particular, were recognised as year group winners:
Celebration of Attendance – Tom, Louie, Sophie and Peter.