College celebrates outstanding success

Posted on Tuesday 8 January 2013

Many students return to receive A level certificates

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Hundreds of former students returned just before Christmas to receive congratulations and prizes at the annual College Presentation Evening, held in the Dame Kelly Holmes Sports Centre.

Watched by parents and supporters, students from the ‘class of 2012’ were presented with their awards by Guest of Honour, Sir Gerald Howarth, the local MP for Aldershot. Also present at this delightful event were Chairman of Governors, Andrew Needham, Cathy Anwar (Calthorpe Park), Peter Collins (Fernhill) and Beverley Stevens (Court Moor) the head teachers from three of our local partner schools; supporter of the College, Councillor Roz Chadd, and many other sponsors and patrons, including Ian Brennan (Fluor) and Sarah Williams (The Community Matters Partnership).

Last year, College students achieved an A level pass rate of 97%; 25% passed at grades A* or A, and an astonishing 50% gained a grade B or above. Principal Simon Jarvis spoke warmly in recognition of the brilliant results gained by this talented cohort of youngsters: ‘Newton famously spoke of scholars standing on giants’ shoulders, building on what has been achieved by those who have gone before. I have no doubt that you and your remarkable peers will do just that – light fires, build on what has been achieved to transform the world, not just take opportunities but create new ones, forging new doors, making the world anew.’

Sir Gerald expressed his great pride in having such an outstanding College in his constituency, and was effusive in his admiration for the impressive results gained by our students in 2012: ‘Your achievements stand comparison with the very best in this country, ‘he told the large audience of former students.

As in previous years, in addition to celebrating success in public examinations, a number of special awards were made in recognition of exceptional achievement. The Student of the Year Award for 2012 was deservedly awarded to Alex Jones. Many students face difficulties through their time at College but it is rare though that one student should have to face so many problems in life, and from such an early age as Alex. Despite hurdles that would make most of us fall by the wayside she made the choice of coming to College from Wavell School, continuing with an education under the most unlikely of circumstances. Against overwhelming odds, we saw Alex first glimmer and then flourish over her three years here. She went from an anxious, angry and defensive 16 year old to a calm, self-assured and happy young woman. Her success at College culminated in her acceptance onto the University of Surrey Creative Music Technology degree course where she is thriving!

The College is grateful to Fluor, and in particular to Ian Brennan the company’s Operations Manager, who for the third year generously sponsored the prize (a high specification laptop) given to the year’s exceptional candidate studying a programme of Science, Technology and Maths. This year, The Fluor Award for STEM Student of the Year went to Emma Silvester. Emma, formerly of Calthorpe Park School, achieved an astounding average of 96% across 32 AS and A2 modules. Her six A* grades came in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, General Studies, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Now studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge, Emma was the outstanding scientist in her year.

Sarah Williams, CMP Project Manager, presented The Community Matters Student Volunteer of the Year Award 2012 to Alina Shrestha in recognition of her extraordinary commitment to the local community. Alina combined a busy academic timetable with membership of the Cultural Society, Japanese Society and Medical Society. In addition, she volunteered regularly with our Pass IT On initiative, working closely with our more senior citizens to help them get to grips with the use of ICT. She was a classroom assistant in Cherrywood Primary School and also offered support, mainly during meal times, at Frimley Park Hospital.

The N.J. Clarke Award for Accounting and Business was awarded to Luis Vieira. Mr Brian Ritchie presented the Mike Ritchie Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sport unusually to a group of students who had in, February 2012, travelled to Barcelona to study Sport and Exercise Science at the Catalan National Institute for Physical Education. This group of students were the first from the UK to study at this prestigious university, conducting themselves in an exemplary fashion thereby furthering the name and reputation of The Sixth Form College Farnborough abroad. They are: Jack Winter; Matt Fish; Charlotte Parrington-Tyler; Joel Pace; Chris Baldry; Megan Cotter; Michael Donald; Lauren Fletcher and Steve Moore.

The University of Winchester Awards for outstanding performance in their field also went to a group of exceptional students, this time all musicians: Alex Tay, Guy Murgatroyd, Ebz Anucha and Mimi Doulton.

The Sportswoman of the Year went to talented badminton player, Gillian Thomas; Sportsman of the Year also went to an exceptional badminton player, Michael Bratt. Dave Adams of Aldershot and District Athletics Association commended the commitment and team spirit of Andrew Provost and Rosamund Hawkins who both received trophies for their sporting endeavours.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Awards went to: Matthew Ashford, Rebecca Angwin, Emma Parkin, Thomas Charles, Laura Simmonds and Alexander Simpson.

The following students received awards for Outstanding Academic Achievement:

Holly Clothier 5 grades of A*, one grade A all at A2 
Ben Crompton 5 grades at A* at A2, plus one grade A at AS
Vanya Joshi 5 grades A* at A2
Katharine Robinson 5 grades A* at A2

The following students received awards for making an Outstanding Contribution to College Life:

Naomi Ahmed
Bethany Pape
Rhys Pridmore
Harriet Southgate
‘phenomenal organisational skills, planning and organising the successful Copperlink programme for the year’
James Chaplin

‘active volunteer and leader of the Samuel Cody enrichment group’

Shulamay Davis ‘charismatic, dedicated presenter of the weekly College news video’
Catriona ‘Beanie’ Watson ‘inspirational, organised, benevolent and fantastic at getting everyone involved as SA Charities Officer’
Josh McCusker ‘worked tirelessly for the SA in his role as Vice President and threw himself wholeheartedly into all events’
Russell Kelaart ‘grew into the role of President steering the SA with strong, consistent leadership’

The following students received awards for Outstanding Personal Achievement:

Laura Braithwaite ‘faced the joint challenges of a new college and her mother’s illness and subsequent death with real determination and commitment.’
Lewis Campbell ‘talented sportsman, a tremendously difficult A2 year when his father became seriously ill and died’
Leanne Castle ‘she continually suffered from chronic pain alongside the effects of her ongoing medication for cerebral palsy.’
Bupe Chigorimbo ‘impressed all with her positive outlook and determination to succeed even in the face of adversity and bringing up her child’
Emily Coxhead ‘unwavering commitment to study, coping with traumatic personal loss during her second year’
Mark Davidge ‘took advantage of all the opportunities that the College had to offer’
Sushant Gurung ‘strong desire to reach his full potential, rewarded as he exceeded all expectations’
Sophie Hamilton ‘completely paralysed but fought back tenaciously from this terrifying ordeal in a wheelchair to complete her studies’
Alexander Killengray ‘an aspiring author, demonstrating considerable talent in the field of creative writing’
Alexander Lewry ‘extraordinary resilience and determination’
Sujana Sharma ‘forced to leave home and commute to College from London. In the face of adversity, continued to work with amazing purpose and focus’
Roseanna Simmons ‘strong determination to be the first in her family to progress to university, studying whilst caring for her mother’
Charlie Webber ‘fought doubt, anger and fear to persevere though traumatic family circumstances’

 For the second successive year, the College recognised exceptional performance in individual subject areas. The following students received Subject Prizes for 2012:

Accounting Kishor Gurung
Archaeology Lorna Sinclair
Critical and Contextual Studies Jennifer Hammond
Fine Art Holly Clothier
Graphic Art Pippa Pennycook
Photography Sophie Hamilton
Textiles Emily Hamilton
Biology Vanya Joshi
Human Biology Adam Sawko
Business Studies Hannah Boswood
Chemistry Vanya Joshi
Citizenship Jacob Thomas-Llewellyn
Classical Civilisation Leo Doulton
Computing Ben Hayward
Critical Thinking Mike Westmuckett-Martin
Dance Molly Aldridge
D&T Graphic Products Alejandro Abreu
D&T Resistant Materials Jamie Elkins
Drama & Theatre Studies Laura Cooper
Economics Michael McKay
Electronics Dael Beach
English Language Simon Allcock
English Language & Literature Charles Bishop
English Literature Aine Noonan
Environmental Studies Lucy Greenfield
Film Studies Elliot Pavelin
French Laura Marsden Payne
General Studies Samuel Brook
Geography Elloise Gordon
German Kathryn Williams
Government & Politics Matt Williamson
Health & Social Care Neha Gurung
History (Democracy) Catherine Chavez
History (Modern) Laura Marsden Payne
History (Tudor) Conor Byrne
ICT Sushant Gurung
ICT Applied Alexander Thomas
Law Georgina Tate
Leisure Studies Will Everard
Maths (Decision) Safrina Stephens
Maths (Mechanics) Rebecca McDonald
Maths (Statistics) Amy Edwards
Maths (Further) Katherine Nicholls
Use of Maths Glen Brown
Media Studies Katie Pope
National Certificate in Media Michael Stewart
Music Technology James White
Spanish Katherine Nicholls
Performing Arts Imogen Trafford
Philosophy Lucy Winslip
Physics Emma Silvester
Physical Education Chloe Barrett
Physics Emma Silvester
Psychology Kathryn Saunders
Sociology Alia Shakir
Travel & Tourism Rosie Fuller

 

Principal with Guest of Honour Sir Gerald Howarth MP and Chair of the Corporation Andrew Needham

Principal with Guest of Honour Sir Gerald Howarth MP and Chair of the Corporation Andrew Needham

Sir Gerald Howarth MP

Sir Gerald Howarth MP

Sir Gerald presenting Alex Jones with the Student of the Year Award for 2012

Sir Gerald presenting Alex Jones with the Student of the Year Award for 2012

The Fluor Award for STEM Student of the Year - Emma Silvester with Sir Gerald and Ian Brennan

The Fluor Award for STEM Student of the Year - Emma Silvester with Sir Gerald and Ian Brennan

Alina Shrestha being presented The Community Matters Student Volunteer of the Year Award 2012 by Sarah Williams, CMP Project Manager

Alina Shrestha being presented The Community Matters Student Volunteer of the Year Award 2012 by Sarah Williams, CMP Project Manager

Mr Brian Ritchie with recipients of the Mike Ritchie Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sport

Mr Brian Ritchie with recipients of the Mike Ritchie Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sport

The Winchester University Award presented by Sir Gerald to Alex Tay, Guy Murgatroyd and Ebz Anucha

The Winchester University Award presented by Sir Gerald to Alex Tay, Guy Murgatroyd and Ebz Anucha

Sportsman of the Year Michael Bratt and Sportswoman of the Year Gillian Thomas

Sportsman of the Year Michael Bratt and Sportswoman of the Year Gillian Thomas

Andrew Provost recipient of the Aldershot and District Athletics Association trophy presented by Dave Adams, District Chairman, and Sir Gerald

Andrew Provost recipient of the Aldershot and District Athletics Association trophy presented by Dave Adams, District Chairman, and Sir Gerald

Holly Clothier being presented with her Outstanding Academic Achievement award by Sir Gerald

Holly Clothier being presented with her Outstanding Academic Achievement award by Sir Gerald

Harriet Southgate and Naomi Ahmed with Sir Gerald - Outstanding Contribution to College Life Award

Harriet Southgate and Naomi Ahmed with Sir Gerald - Outstanding Contribution to College Life Award

SA President Russell Kelaart with Sir Gerald - Outstanding Contribution to College Life Award

SA President Russell Kelaart with Sir Gerald - Outstanding Contribution to College Life Award

Sir Gerald with Farnborough Sixth Form bear

Sir Gerald with Farnborough Sixth Form bear

Sir Gerald with Award winners

Sir Gerald with Award winners