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13th Aug, 2022

School's high achievers celebrated at awards evening

THE SUCCESS of high-achieving students at a Rugby secondary school has been celebrated at an awards evening.

Over 100 students at Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College were presented with medals and certificates for their hard work, commitment and academic success.

Each of the school’s faculties and subject areas nominated two students from each year group to receive a subject award. The subject areas also selected one student, from any year group, to receive the overall subject award.

In addition, one high achieving student from each of the school’s Houses was selected by their Achievement Leader for an award. The outstanding students of the year were Vlada Mararu of Apollo House, Fortune House’s Christina Batchelor, Daniel Akhmed of Garrick House, and Phoenix House’s Asrifa Altaf.

Year 10 Fortune House student Maisha Akand was selected by the school’s Headteacher for a special award, and Daniel Wilson was chosen to receive the Don O’Neill Award.

Watched by proud parents, carers and family members, the winners were presented with a medal by guest speaker Justice Williams – a multi-award-winning personal brand strategist, business coach and online course creator, who started her business with no money and built a six-figure business within the first 12 months.

In 2009 she became the youngest woman of Afro-Caribbean heritage to be honoured with an MBE by the Queen and was awarded Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Most Inspiring Woman of the Year Award.

The successful students also received a certificate from Headteacher Alison Davies and Co-chair of Governors Janet Gilbert.

Achievement Leader Carole Labreize, who organised the awards evening, said: “This was our first ‘in person’ awards evening, at which parents have been invited to attend, since 2019. It was wonderful to get back to normal and see the school’s theatre full of students and their proud parents and carers.”

Alison Davies said: “Our annual awards evening is an event I am always proud of. We have so many students who work hard every day of the year and it’s lovely to see their effort and commitment to learning recognised.

“Thank you to everyone who attended the event, and to our guest speaker Justice Williams for her inspiring talk.”


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