STUDENTS were urged to make a difference and strive to achieve their full potential in life as a college’s best performers were rewarded for their efforts.
Renowned educationalist Grahame Shepherd told students at Risedale Sports and Community College: “The fact you are here accepting awards shows you are capable of a great deal.
“If you can sustain this through life you are all capable of being a big player so go out and make a difference.”
Mr Shepherd, the former head teacher of Le Cateau School, also Catterick Garrison, has spent almost 40 years in education and advised on issues all over the county, including primary/secondary transition, the Ghurkha Training Wing and the Service Children in State Schools National Executive Committee.
He was attending the annual presentation evening at the secondary school in Hipswell at which 90 students received awards for progress, excellence, outstanding leadership, citizenship, sports and academic achievement.
Hosted by students Lewis Dales and Emily Dick, entertainment was provided by Sean Fisher, Chloe Dangerfield, Kat Morrison and Lauren Ross.
Associate principal John Kelly said: “This is a very special occasion which celebrates the achievements of our young people. It marks the culmination of a very challenging academic year.”
Chairman of governors Rob Barker added: “It has been a very intense year and it is great to be celebrating such success with students.”
Outstanding leadership award: Tiffany Robinson
Citizenship award: Shane Hobley
Community sports award: Jordan Craggs
Governor’s award for sport: Arron McBride
Outstanding academic achievement awards: Rhiannon Dalton and Andrew Fisher