We welcomed back our former students to the third alumni awards ceremony this month.
The celebratory event saw around 200 guests and 50 former students meet up with staff members at an occasion where 14 prizes were handed out by principal Alan Whittaker.
Awards were given to top performing students - with a couple of special prizes also being handed out.
Former student – Vicky James – who is currently studying music at Manchester University gave a rousing speech where she drew on the uplifting quote of ‘shoot for the moon – even if you miss you’ll land among the stars’ - to help inspire guests at this event.
Student of the year award went to 18 year old Cassie Strong from Ipswich. She is currently studying costume design at Nottingham Trent. She said, “At the moment I’d like to make costumes for film or theatre – fantasy and historical stuff – working on films like the Hobbit or Harry Potter would be amazing.”
In terms of One, she said, “I really enjoyed my time at One. The art department was amazing. I spent most of my time in textiles and art and my art teacher taught me so much about painting.”
In terms of winning the award, she added. “I’m excited to win this award. I didn’t see it coming. My first thought was that it was incredible to win.”
Other awards went to the following people:
Kieran Heal – most accomplished year 12 A-level student
Sam Whitby - most accomplished year 13 A-level student
Luke Groves – most accomplished level 3 student - year 12
Jacques Damant – most accomplished level 3 student - year 13
Alyx Gardiner - most accomplished level 4 art student
Georgia Mobley - most accomplished level 2 student
Laura Henry - most accomplished foundation student in year 12
Chris Stewart -most accomplished foundation student in year 13
Lauren Rogers -most accomplished foundation student in year 14
Sam Whitby – the face of One
Zeinab Faris - student of the year – year 12
Charlie Cocker – student of the year – year 13
Cassie Strong – student of the year
Sarah Llewelyn - endeavour award
Vice Principal - Jenny Milsom – and Assistant Principal – Michelle Hughes were masters of ceremonies.
Principal Alan Whittaker handed out the awards. During the ceremony, he said, “We were delighted to invite our alumni back to One. They have all contributed to the success of our sixth form and they are a great source of inspiration to the students that we currently teach and the staff that taught them.”
“Our alumni deserve all the success that comes their way. I advised them to continue to leave a positive mark on all the people they meet, just as they did whilst studying with us.”