Excellence in education was celebrated at De Aston School in Market Rasen on Thursday as students received a multitude of prizes for outstanding attainment and achievement.
Headteacher Ellenor Beighton welcomed the students, staff, and governors to the evening and spoke about the challenges young people face in a rapidly changing world where technology rules. She said: “In particular with these young people we must make sure in their continued development we make time to develop their moral and ethical compass at the same pace.”
Guest speaker for the evening was magician and after dinner speaker Sean Sparling who presented the prizes. A number of last year’s sixth form were welcomed back, including Alice Bonas who picked up The Deputy Head’s Prize alongside James Allington-Kay, Tek Hong Chung, who picked up The Anyan Cup for Best A-Levels as well as three subject awards and The Bernhard Hansai Prize, Liam Underwood, who won The Head’s Prize alongside Georgia Blake as well as an economics prize and James Sulivan, who won the Steven Oldham Prize. Pictured are the year 11 special prize winners Thomas Keast, (sport) Juliet Haley (music), James Mayer (citizenship), Casey Woodley (The Coombes’ Cup), Poppy Smith (Ellen Young Home Economics Prize), Arayooluwa Ajeigbe (The University of Lincoln Journalism Award), Jackson Thompson (The Philip Jones’ Prize), and Reuben Pritchard (The Glenda Taylor Prize).
She added: “With all the challenges we have we will need these young people to put their education to good use.”
She finished her welcome by quoting American scholar William Arthur Ward, saying “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.”