|Certificate and Awards Ceremony, Hull City Hall|
Hull City Hall was once again packed with more than a thousand people who came to enjoy this major event in the College calendar. Students, families, friends and invited guests enjoyed an excellent evening of Celebrations and Entertainment on Friday night when the City Hall hosted the 2012 Annual Awards Ceremony of South Holderness Technology College.
The Headteacher, Martin Cooper, highlighted some of the many impressive academic, sporting, cultural, social and charitable achievements of the students and staff during the 2011/12 academic year.
More than five hundred students were presented with a wide array of trophies and certificates and whilst academic achievement was a major focus, the huge amount of extra curricular involvement was also very strongly represented and celebrated.
A particular mention was made of the huge amount of charity fundraising achieved by students of all year groups to a range of charities and a special presentation was made to Abigail Batchelor, the regional co-ordinator for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Mr Cooper reported that over the last six years, students at the college have raised over £55,000 for worthy causes and since 2004, £18,000 has been raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Mr Cooper went on to recognise the dedication of staff and praised the huge variety of enrichment activities our staff provide, including for example Rock Challenge, Drama productions, day visits across the length and breadth of the country, Art Exhibitions, Modern Languages visits and exchanges, Sports fixtures, visits at home and overseas and very popular Ski visits.
In addition, Mr Cooper proudly reported that South Holderness is the first secondary school in the country to gain approval to run Higher Education courses and HNC Business has been successfully launched this year.
Guest speaker Ryan Taylor, an ex student of the college who is now achieving fame as a National Quiz Champion whilst still studying at Hull University, gave an excellent key note address. His ability to engage and entertain the students with the aid of anecdotes, stories and video clips of his encounters with Ann Robinson on The Weakest Link, winning Countdown and appearances on Going for Gold, The Chase and other shows, really enthused the gathering. Ryan was full of praise for what the college had done for him and all the support he had been given. He finished by urging students to follow their dreams but always make education the number one priority.
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