Welbourn academy success celebrated at annual awards ceremony

Joshua Kilcullen with Wing Commander Paul Moss receiving his 'Exceptional Performance' at GCSE award. EMN-160113-130328001
Joshua Kilcullen with Wing Commander Paul Moss receiving his 'Exceptional Performance' at GCSE award. EMN-160113-130328001
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Pupils and staff at Sir William Robertson Academy are looking forward to an exciting new year, following the school’s recent successes in December.

The academy, in Welbourn, welcomed Wing Commander Paul Moss from RAF Waddington as its special guest at its post 16 awards ceremony held just before Christmas, the last of its three awards ceremonies to celebrate the achievements and success of its students over the 2014/15 academic year.

Pupils from Witham St Hughs Academy take part in a science workshop. EMN-160113-130230001

Pupils from Witham St Hughs Academy take part in a science workshop. EMN-160113-130230001

Wing Commander Moss, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the RAF, kindly helped present the GCSE and A Level awards to the students, including Joshua Kilcullen who was awarded an ‘Exceptional Performance’ at GCSE trophy after gaining five A*s and five As.

Tom Lane and head girl Libby Arnold also received special trophies to mark their roles.

The school was delighted to welcome back 10 of its former Year 13 students, who are now studying at university, to receive their A Level certificates.

Headteacher Mark Guest commented: “It was a privilege to welcome Wing Commander Paul Moss from RAF Waddington. His address to students, former students and their families was captivating and most entertaining. We were delighted that he was able to stay and chat with our students and their families afterwards.

Visiting pupils get hands-on with science. EMN-160113-130243001

Visiting pupils get hands-on with science. EMN-160113-130243001

“It was a memorable occasion shared with our current and past students and we were delighted to welcome back last year’s Year 13 students who are experiencing their first year at university.”

The evening included a musical performance by Tom Lane singing a song from the recent school production of Beauty and the Beast.

Alongside the success of the post 16 awards ceremony, Sir William Robertson Academy entertained the local senior citizens of Welbourn and Leadenham by holding its annual Christmas Party, which has been going for 53 years now, since the school was inaugurated back in the early 1960s.

On December 16, more than 40 local residents were welcomed in to the school for an afternoon tea party which was prepared and served by GCSE food technology students and even included a tipple of sherry in true Christmas tradition.

Year 9 language ambassadors at Sir William Robertson Academy. EMN-160113-130254001

Year 9 language ambassadors at Sir William Robertson Academy. EMN-160113-130254001

The afternoon included a prize winning bingo session which was organised by the senior prefects and included a musical performance from the recent school production of Beauty and the Beast. The guests went away with handmade biscuits beautifully gift wrapped and a smile on their faces.

The academy also welcomed 61 Year 4 and 5 pupils from Witham St Hughs Academy Primary School just before Christmas, to take part in a fun science workshop entitled ‘Who Stole Santa’s Presents’ and a Christmas themed languages workshop.

‘Who Stole Santa’s Presents?’ was a fun Science Forensic Workshop for Year 4 pupils from the school and was run by science teacher, Mrs Porter. The pupils tried their hand at using forensic science techniques to deduce who did steal the presents. This included using microscopes, finger printing and ultraviolet light pen technology.

More than 40 local residents were invited to a tea party at Sir William Robertson Academy. EMN-160113-130305001

More than 40 local residents were invited to a tea party at Sir William Robertson Academy. EMN-160113-130305001

Senior prefects at Sir William Robertson Academy help out at the Christmas party. SWRA EMN-160113-130317001

Senior prefects at Sir William Robertson Academy help out at the Christmas party. SWRA EMN-160113-130317001