Young people's achievements celebrated
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Special guest Tony Parraman from the Bloodhound Project was on hand to present the young people with certificates as well as giving a presentation and showing them a short film about how he and his colleagues are preparing to achieve a World Land Speed Record of 1,000mph next year. He also brought along a scale model of the Bloodhound super sonic car, which students enthusiastically posed for photographs with. The Bloodhound team are due to attempt to break the record on the Hakskeen Pan, Northern Cape, South Africa in 2014.
Around 200 students were singled out for praise in a range of categories, including key stage 3, GCSE and post-16 results for highest performing students and for those making the most progress in their studies. The ceremony provides the council with an opportunity to celebrate the academic achievement of our young people in secondary education, including our special schools, and parents or carers also joined the evening’s celebration.
Cllr Ian Blair, Chair of the Children and Young People Committee, said: "The strap-line on all council promotions is ‘South Gloucestershire is a great place to live and work’, and this is at the heart of what all councillors believe. I have a particular interest in children and young people, so I could also add that it’s a great place to learn and play. Members of the CYP Committee are committed to ensuring that all young people in our schools have as good an experience as possible, and that they are stimulated to aspire to the highest personal achievement. These awards are the council’s recognition of this achievement."
Schools taking part in the event included – Abbeywood Community School, Filton, Bradley Stoke Community School, Brimsham Green School, The Castle School, Chipping Sodbury School, Culverhill School, Downend School, The Grange School and Sports College, Hanham High School, King’s Oak Academy, Mangotsfield School, Marlwood School, New Siblands School, Patchway Community College, Sir Bernard Lovell School, Winterbourne International Academy and Yate International Academy.
The annual awards ceremony, organised by South Gloucestershire Council, took place on Thursday 14 March at Filton BAWA.
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