Wednesday, 8 February 2012

All Hallows Celebrate Catholic Education


All Hallows Presentation Evening
"All Hallows Catholic school and 6th form college in Weybourne held its annual Presentation Evening at the Farnham Maltings on Thursday January 5th 2012. The Great hall was filled to capacity with parents and family members to see students receive their examination certificates and award winners receive their prizes and shields.

The guest of honour was Mrs Anne Hutchinson, Head of Glebelands School, and formerly Deputy Head at All Hallows. She received a very warm welcome from the audience and spoke eloquently about her belief that we need to set ourselves ever more demanding goals so that we can improve our performance. She cited David Beckham and other successful stars who had achieved greatness not just through innate talent but through dedicated and regular practice to achieve perfection.

Mrs Hutchinson recalled that she started her career as a young teacher at All Hallows and amused the audience with some tales of her early experiences. She emphasised how special the All Hallows community has become, not just through its reputation for exceptional examination performance, but also in the friendships and mutual support which are such a strong feature. She linked this to the school's Faith status and the fact that the gospel values of Jesus Christ are at the heart of everything the school tries to do.

Before Mrs Hutchinson carried out the presentations, Head Mrs Elizabeth Lutzeier spoke of the school's achievements in 2011 and congratulated the students and their parents on such outstanding results. She also encouraged the young people to go out and make a difference in the world. She said that school and parents had now done their job in offering support, encouragement and protection during the formative years, and now it was the students’ opportunity to make the world a better place.

The event was enriched by several musical performances. The girls' choir, Cantamus, conducted by Mrs Sprague and accompanied by Mrs Nagatomo-Banks, performed two pieces, 'For the Beauty of the Earth' and 'Super Trouper'. Sixth-former Jessica Bartlett entertained on the grand piano with 'Nocturne op. 32 No 1' by Chopin, and the Jazz Band had everyone engaged with their rendition of the 'Pink Panther' theme and 'Saint Thomas'.

The Evening was presided over by Chair of Governors Mr Tim Bradley who greeted the honoured guests, the Mayor and Mayoress of Waverley,(Cllr Richard Gates and Evelyn Gates), the Mayor of Farnham (Cllr Jill Hargreaves) and Mrs Hutchinson. They were joined on the stage by Assistant Headteachers Mr Chris Rees and Mr Barry Laker. Compere for the event was Assistant Headteacher Mr David Spare.

Senior Students Laura Powell and Sam Mouat gave a vote of thanks to Mrs Hutchinson and she was given an original piece of artwork created by student Baptiste Johnson."

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