The Shining Brightly Awards – the first annual awards ceremony recognising exceptional achievement in the Clifton Area: Sponsored by the Trent Academies Group and The Aquinas Foundation
The Aquinas Foundation spent weeks organising this fantastic event which was to celebrate the excellence shown from pupils in schools in Clifton.
Each head teacher had to fill out a nomination form providing us with names and reasons for nominations of students who excel in Academic work, Performing Arts and Sport.
These were the guidelines the Head teachers had to follow;
Academic Award: This award will be given to the student who stands out as being academically gifted. Someone who endeavours to work hard and achieve targets set.
Performance Award: This award will go to someone who has excelled in drama, dancing or music either in school or at a club or event away from school. Excellence can be shown through enthusiasm as well as or instead of special talent.
Sporting Award: This award will go to the student who has excelled in any sport, either in school, at a club or event away from school. Excellence can be shown through enthusiasm as well as natural ability.
The schools who chose to be involved were;
Blessed Robert Catholic Primary School
Dovecote Primary school
Glapton Primary School
Milford Primary School
Whitegate Primary School
The Primary Schools had to nominate a boy and girl for each catagory from years 5 and 6 and Farnborough Academy nominated pupils from years 7 and 8.
Each child nominated received a medal engraved with The Clifton Awards 2016 and a certificate stating which category they were nominated for and their name.
A winner was then announced, the overall winner received a medal, certificate, engraved trophy and a £20 voucher all provided by The Aquinas Foundation.
The Aquinas Foundation organised for Lilian Greenwood Local MP to be a guest speaker at the event along with Partner of Aquinas Education Jermaine Jenas.
Both Jermaine and Lilian gave enthusiastic and inspiring speeches to the large audience made up of Pupils, teachers, parents and governors. Jermaine talked about his time growing up in Clifton, he talked about the importance of a good education and how anything is possible if you set your mind to it.
Lilian spoke about how refreshing it was to see such excellence being celebrated in the Clifton area. She thanked the parents for doing a great job with their children and left us all feeling inspired.
The evening was a great success and the children were very excited to receive their awards from Jermaine and Lilian and this is something that we are hoping to do as an annual event due to its huge success! Well done to all of the winners and nominees.