Calderdale College celebrated their annual Student Star Awards on Monday 18th June at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax. The ceremony recognised students’ achievements who have gone above and beyond to produce outstanding work and support the College and wider community.
The evening welcomed over 500 guests, which included students and their friends and families, staff, governors, partners and employers to celebrate the fantastic achievements and contributions made by the college’s students.
College staff members nominated students and apprentices who they believed deserved to be recognised for their hard work, resulting in over 160 nominations.
John Rees, Principal and Chief Executive at Calderdale College commented on the evening:
“I would firstly like to say a huge thank you to all guests, performers and college staff who came together to celebrate the fantastic achievements of our students.
Our College only really exists to support our students and the ceremony was all about recognising a very wide range of achievements; from young people to adults, in college-based and work-based learning and also for achievements which reach beyond the classroom and into the wider community of the College.
I was so impressed by all the success stories and I hope that our guests left feeling inspired and motivated by the impact that further education can have on peoples’ lives. I would like to personally congratulate everyone who was nominated, as that in itself is an impressive and significant achievement.
This has definitely been a year to remember, with some fantastic achievements and exciting new developments happening at the College. Our Star Awards perfectly summed up the entire year and really demonstrated what Calderdale College is truly about, inspiring learners to succeed in life and work.”
The event also offered a great opportunity for our students to gain work experience, with music and performing arts students providing the entertainment, catering students providing the food and film and photography students capturing the event.
Kai Bone, Performing Arts student at Calderdale College and co-presenter of the awards spoke about his role at the Star Awards:
“It was such a privilege to co-host the event with my fantastic co-host Andrea Quantrill and also perform on the night. I felt extremely proud to be trusted with this huge responsibility and it has given me fantastic experience and a great insight into my future career. It was an honour to speak on stage of the Victoria Theatre and the entire event was so inspiring to myself as a student, as well as my fellow classmates.”
Please see the list of all our winners below:
|Rising Star Award||Aimed at students in the 14-16 age group, who have demonstrated outstanding performance and commitment to their studies throughout the year||Ukashah Sajid|
|Shining Star Award||Aimed at students in the 16-19 age group who have demonstrated outstanding performance and success in their chosen field of study this year||Natalie Cupac|
|Brightest Star Award||Aimed at students aged over 19 years who have shown outstanding performance this year and demonstrated that their studies have had a positive impact on their lives.||Rosie Turner|
|16-19 All Star Award||Aimed at students in the 16-19 category who have made significant progress during this academic year. The award recognises those that have improved throughout the year and embraced the value of their education.||Georgia Long|
|Adult All Star Award||Aimed at students aged 19 and over who have made significant progress during this academic year. The award is to recognise those that have improved throughout the year and demonstrated the value of their education.||Paul Manger|
|Star Apprentice of the Year||Aimed at apprentices who have made exceptional progress in their workplace and in vocational studies. They will have made valuable contributions to their workplace and developed high levels of industry skills.||Aiden Workman|
|Outstanding Employability Skills Award||Aimed at students who have shown their ability in the workplace and at College in both their vocational skills and attitude to work.||Steven Parsons|
|English Academic Star Award||Aimed at students who have made excellent progress in the development and application of their English skills. This award recognises students who have worked exceptionally hard to develop their knowledge and skills.||Isobel Owen|
|Maths Academic Star Award||Aaimed at students who have made excellent progress in the development and application of their maths skills. This award recognises the students who have worked exceptionally hard to develop their knowledge and skills and have overcome their fears of maths to be successful.||Sarah Goodison|
|Inspirational Student of the Year Award (Keith McDonald)||This award recognises students who not only work hard and achieve great things, but inspire others to do so too. Students may have overcome adversity or been highly successful, but each nominee is an inspiration in their own right.||Daisy Mae Fry|
|Above and Beyond Award||Aimed at students who have gone beyond the call of duty to support the college or the local community through their hard work and dedication. The students nominated in this category have made a real difference to the college or to their community by getting involved and supporting activities.||Mark Davison|
We would like to congratulate all nominees and winners, and say a huge thank you to our performers and presenters who have made the night extremely special.