The Richard Huish College ‘Class of 2019’ reunited at a special Prize Giving Evening on Friday 13th September. Recent 2019 leavers were invited to join in the celebrations at the College, which included a formal presentation of prizes to winning and highly commended students, who were chosen as being outstanding in their subject.
The highest honour, the Principal’s Award for Greatest Progress, went to Kathryn Fletcher. Kathryn was an outstanding student through her three years at College. At the end of the first year ill health meant that she had to restart her courses and in the third year she was away for a considerable time whilst undergoing major surgery. Kathryn never let any of this get her down and was always positive and enthusiastic. Throughout her time at Huish she was heavily involved in a range of enrichment activities including sport when it was physically possible. She took on what many of us, despite our belief in her, thought was the almost impossible task of catching up on missed work and tackling the final exams. Her results; an A* grade in Law, A grade in History and a B grade in Religious Studies, were in the circumstances fantastic. In Law she got the highest mark in the year beating the A* boundary by 40 marks.
Alice Wong, was awarded the Principal’s Prize for International Student of the Year. Her teachers commented; “Alice worked extremely hard throughout her two years with us. Not only has she been the first student to have ever taken on the challenge of studying all three creative subjects alongside each other (Art, Graphic Design and Photography), but she has also been successful in achieving a very high standard and quality in all three subjects, which equates to very high grades. Through Alice’s studies in the Arts, she has demonstrated high levels of resilience, problem-solving and time management. She has overcome complex challenges and adapted to a foreign learning environment with ease. A model student and example of the highest order for her fellow students”.
Special guests included the Mayor Francesca Smith and Lorraine Heath OBE, Chief Executive Officer of the Uffculme Academy Trust who gave the closing speech. Also in attendance were representatives from the Arthur C Clarke Foundation, Wellington Motors and Milsted Langdon Accountants, who supported the event and presented awards.
The past students had the opportunity to catch up with friends and staff during an informal drinks reception before the presentations.
Principal John Abbott said: “The Class of 2019 achieved excellent A Level and Vocational examination results. Their high performance reinforces our consistent position as one of the country’s highest performing Sixth Form Colleges. The evening was a great success and it was fantastic for us to see what the Class of 2019 are moving onto next.”