IT was a night of celebration as the top pupils at a South Derbyshire school were rewarded for their efforts.
The Pingle School, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote, welcomed hundreds of parents and carers to watch on as their sons or daughters were handed a raft of prizes for a vast array of achievements throughout the past 12 months.
Awards were handed to youngsters from Year Seven to Year 10 and were based around the school’s moto of ‘Respect, Engage and Succeed’.
Head teacher Viv Sharples spoke of her ‘pride’ of being able to celebrate the success of her pupils.
She told the Mail: “These events are what being involved with schooling is all about.
“Being able to celebrate the hard work and dedication that they all put in, all in front of their parents, is a great thing to be able to do.
“I am so proud of every single one of my pupils here at Pingle and I would also like to thank all the staff at the school who made the evening a great success.”
Special praise was also reserved for Kathryn Wagstaff, the head teacher’s PA for organising the evening.
The chairman of South Derbyshire District Council Pat Murray was one of several guests invited on stage to thank those collecting awards.
He said: “It is great to be able to come to events like this and support the great things that are happening at this school.
“It is clear that the school is a happy and vibrant place to learn and that is reflected not just with the pupils but also with the teachers and all the support staff.
“I want to congratulate all of the pupils who won awards and also would like to praise those who did not get an award but have excelled throughout the past year.”
Awards handed out on the night revolved a range of different categories.
Some youngsters were handed gongs for their work in individual subjects, while some were given specially created awards.
Kai Higham was given a special care in the community gong for the hours upon hours that he gives to volunteering for several different good causes, while Zara Stubbs was named ‘devourer of books’ for her love of reading.
At the end of the evening, Oliver Bowler was handed the head teacher’s special recognition award for his role as the Lord Lieutenant’s cadet.
Then several pupils from each group were invited on stage from each year group to battle it out to be named students’ student of the year.