Tonight we should have been assembling in Dukinfield Town Hall for our annual Presentation Evening.  As it is, our Class of 2020 and their families, will not be gathering together with our staff to reflect back on their five years at West Hill and celebrate their achievements.

As well as being presented with their Examination certificates, some boys also receive academic awards for achievement and endeavour in subjects. Form Tutors present an award for the boy in their form who contributed most. An array of sporting awards to recognise the many achievements in terms of individuals, as well as team successes are a particular highlight of the evening.

The Head Boy and his Senior team also receive recognition, as well as a range of Special awards including; Catering, The Worthington Prize for distinction in Music, Trustee awards for overall Excellence and Endeavour and the Wedge Trust Award for a notable achievement in overcoming challenges.

The ceremony is interwoven with speeches as well as musical interludes from our Jazz Orchestra. These all combine to make the occasion a special night in our calendar, and a significant one in our relationship with the boys and their families.  The evening is about more than just the awards, the reality is, it is the final time the boys will be together as a group.  It is a reflection on the journey all the boys, with their families, have experienced with ourselves.  There is laughter, the occasional tear, but moreover an appreciation of what has been achieved and how those memories will last moving forward and the importance of being a West Hill boy.

As it is, we will be publishing the results on our website with some reflections.  It is not what we wanted, but is another attempt to not lose sight of, and recognise what is important to us. As you will see when you look at the presentation, we conclude the evening with a reading of the Kipling poem “If”.  The words may be even more poignant than ever this time, and our salute to our Class of 2020 has a particular resonance.


Mr Owens

Posted by Mr Owens on 19 November 2020

Category: Headteacher's Log Book

Tags: Aim Higher Headteacher