More than 300 pupils, parents, staff, governors and guests of honour joined together for the 2019 Buchan Prizegiving ceremony last week.
The prestigious annual event, held in The Buchan School gardens, is an opportunity to celebrate the school’s successes over the academic year and recognise the hard work, triumphs and achievements of individuals.
Guests were welcomed by Headteacher Janet Billingsley-Evans, who thanked everyone for attending the celebratory occasion and making a special mention to Form 4 leavers on their final Buchan Prizegiving; encouraging them to enjoy their final few weeks of school.
Reflecting on the academic year, Mrs Billingsley-Evans touched upon the successes of the school’s talented musicians, performers and sports teams, the importance of the children’s wellbeing and the passion and commitment of her colleagues.
‘Our musicians performed at the Royal Albert Hall for the 2018 Barnardo’s Young Supporters Concert and were successful once more in the Guild. In May, The Buchan Eagles Prep Choir travelled to Cheshire to compete in the Alderley Edge Music Festival. They arrived with only 15 minutes to spare, and after singing two songs scooped first prize.
‘In sport our rugby team remains undefeated in matches against both local and UK teams. Our girls’ netball team made it through to the national finals of the IAPS championships - an excellent opportunity for them to represent North West England.
‘In Drama, Mr Alex Duncan put nearly 90 pupils through their Grade 1 and Grade 2 LAMDA examinations. For the third year running, all children gained distinctions.’
Mrs Billingsley-Evans talked about the importance of wellbeing for the children and how it remains high on the school’s agenda. Through initiatives such as Buchan Badge and Buchan Bushcraft, a weekly programme for pupils to get them out of the classroom and into varying outdoor environments, Buchan students are provided with opportunities to explore, discover and learn from the wonderful outdoors.
‘We strive for children who are happy, confident and resilient and it’s important the pupils know they can develop their skills and talents through effort and persistence.’
She ended with a special thanks to the pupils, teachers and staff for creating a flourishing learning environment for all.
‘All of this cannot happen without dedicated staff and a group of children who are always willing to do their best’, Mrs Billingsley-Evans continued.
‘I would like to thank the whole of the staff team for their contribution to the school this year, I am most grateful for your passion and support. In this marquee today we have the most passionate, skilful, caring and professional team and I am privileged to work alongside you all.’
Drawing her speech to a close, she concluded: ‘With such a fantastic year behind us we look ahead to the future. Time may move on, but we still celebrate the success of our school, with the values and ethos of our founder and a commitment to providing an excellent education for all.’
The celebrations were closed by The Buchan Eagles Prep Choir.