Lealands Celebrates at Presentation Evening
The successes of Lealands High School's students were celebrated in style at this year’s annual Presentation Evening. Approximately 350 students, staff and parents filled the beautifully decorated Sports Hall to celebrate the fantastic achievements of students from the previous academic year.
The school’s motto to ‘Aspire, Believe, Achieve’ was fully demonstrated with prizes and awards in a variety of categories presented to over 100 students. These included; progress, certificates of excellence and subject commendations.
Presenting the awards and guest speaker for the evening was local children’s author Stephen Kelman. In 2011, his debut novel, ‘Pigeon English’ - a book about a young Ghanaian immigrant living on a tough London estate - was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Students from each year group also stood up and presented a review of the past year and their experiences at Lealands. This included the aspirations they have for the coming year and the challenges they may face.
The biggest prizes of the evening were presented to a selection of successful students who departed Lealands after their GCSE exams this summer. They were invited back to receive prestigious trophies based on their individual successes. Their names will be forever engraved on the trophies and subsequently Lealands’ history. The speeches from the teachers presenting the trophies were very emotional, and moved a few students to tears.
The ceremony culminated with a performance by Lealands’ Performing Arts students from the recent production of the musical ‘Chess’, which rounded off an exceptional evening beautifully.