This year the Annual Arts Awards celebrating the achievements of our senior pupils in both Music and Drama provided the setting for the ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’.  Pupils and staff alike admired the fabulous transformation of Thomas Arnold Hall with life-sized characters situated amongst the tables and playing cards bursting out of the red and white rose centrepiece displays.  Even the delicious cupcakes, baked by the catering department especially for the occasion, were decorated with tiny red and white roses.  The Music and Drama Assistants, Miss Bryden and Miss Hunter, were particularly elated at what was truly a feast for the eyes!

Our speaker for this special occasion was Richard Cardwell, a professional musician and producer, who has worked with the likes of James Morrison and Rod Stewart. He delivered a motivational speech to the pupils reminding them to remain focused and through hard work and sheer persistence, they too have every opportunity of achieving their goals. Richard continued on to announce and award each of the Music and Drama prize winners with their trophies.

It was particularly lovely to hear Mrs Harris and Mrs Robinson reflect on the highlights of the year across both the Music and Drama departments.  It was exceptionally clear how proud they are of the high standard exhibited by all their hard working pupils, both on stage and off.

The extensive spread of appetising food was one of the highlights of the evening. The catering team worked tremendously hard to provide the event with a delightful summer BBQ, reflecting the superb weather we have been fortunate to enjoy over the past weeks. As the evening drew to a pleasant close, many of the pupils stayed to take photos with friends and staff, ensuring they had the perfect reminder of such a memorable night.

A huge thank you to all of the staff who supported and contributed to the organisation of the Arts Awards 2018. It was fantastic to see the school community once again come together to commemorate some truly impressive performances.

Maisie Fogg, Year 13 commented, “The Thomas Arnold Hall was transformed into a magical Wonderland and we were able to enjoy another fabulously catered BBQ. We were all thrilled to welcome Richard Cardwell as our guest of honour for the evening. He gave a powerful speech, not only impressing us with the famous names he’s worked with, but inspiring every single one of us to fulfil our dreams and to work hard for it. It’s something we’ll take away with us in the future when some of us leave at the end of this year. It was a superb evening filled with laughter and excitement and of course, the awards!”

Photographs of the evening are on Flickr