Around 70 prizes and even more certificates were awarded to pupils at Hipperholme Grammar School’s annual Speech and Awards Night.
Held at Bradford Cathedral, former and current pupils, their parents, teachers and guests were present at the Cathedral to applaud and celebrate their success.
Guest of Honour at this year’s event was the Reverend Ruth Gee, President of the Methodist Conference and leader of the Methodist Church in Britain. Reverend Gee, who served as First Minister at Hipperholme’s Christ
Church, addressed the audience before presenting prizes to the pupils for their outstanding achievements during the academic year 2012 - 13.
A Level and GCSE certificates were also presented to last year’s examination candidates.
Form and subject prizes were awarded for merit and achievement in the academic year 2012 - 13 to pupils from Year 7 through to Year 13.
The R B Jones prize for chemistry was presented to Year 13 student Khansa Tariq from Halifax who is now studying pharmacy at Bradford University. The Jack Wilkinson Prize for English was received by James Hopkins from Denholme who has now moved on to study English and music at Hull University. Both R B Jones and Jack Wilkinson are former Heads of Department at the School.
Rotary Club Prizes were kindly donated by Brighouse Rotary Club and presented by their Vice President, Mr Tony Perryman, to three pupils: Ben Ward, Tyreke Levy and Chris Moore. These prizes were awarded for ‘Service above Self’, ‘Outstanding Personal Effort’ and ‘Achievement in the Face of Adversity’.
In addition, the Chairman’s Prize was awarded to last year’s head boy and girl, James Hopkins and Gabriella Capone from Halifax. Gabriella is now studying biomedical science at Leeds Metropolitan University.
There was also a special Headmaster’s Prize for Lizzie Bell, last year’s Student Council leader, Choral Scholar and outstanding mathematician, from Queensbury.
In addition to the awards, pupils, families and guests enjoyed a wide variety of performances and presentations given by pupils from different departments, including School Council, House and Sports reports, poetry recitals and music from the School Choirs.
Headmaster Jack Williams spoke about the School’s outstanding GCSE results in 2013 which bucked national downward trends in the top grades increasing A*-B grades by 11 per cent. The school also received an excellent report from the School’s Inspectorate and has much to celebrate this year.
The evening concluded with everyone singing the School Song in Latin: Carmen Hipperholmiense.
Hipperholme Grammar School would like to thank Brighouse Rotary Club for donating prizes as well as the family of Jack Wilkinson and the Trustees of R. B. Jones.