College celebrates outstanding success
Posted on Tuesday 8 January 2013
Many students return to receive A level certificates
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:
|‘phenomenal organisational skills, planning and organising the successful Copperlink programme for the year’|
‘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:
|Critical and Contextual Studies||Jennifer Hammond|
|Fine Art||Holly Clothier|
|Graphic Art||Pippa Pennycook|
|Human Biology||Adam Sawko|
|Business Studies||Hannah Boswood|
|Classical Civilisation||Leo Doulton|
|Critical Thinking||Mike Westmuckett-Martin|
|D&T Graphic Products||Alejandro Abreu|
|D&T Resistant Materials||Jamie Elkins|
|Drama & Theatre Studies||Laura Cooper|
|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|
|Government & Politics||Matt Williamson|
|Health & Social Care||Neha Gurung|
|History (Democracy)||Catherine Chavez|
|History (Modern)||Laura Marsden Payne|
|History (Tudor)||Conor Byrne|
|ICT Applied||Alexander Thomas|
|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|
|Performing Arts||Imogen Trafford|
|Physical Education||Chloe Barrett|
|Travel & Tourism||Rosie Fuller|