Students at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy celebrated their successes with parents and teachers at the Academy’s Awards evening on Wednesday 30th January.
The evening was very well attended by proud parents and family members, who were also entertained by a wide range of singers and dancers from across the year groups, showcasing the performing arts talents of the students.
Students were nominated for prizes in each subject and Principal’s Awards, recognising particular successes, were also given out. The prizes were presented by the chair of governors Honor Wilson-Fletcher.
The Academy specialises in Science and places a particular emphasis on entrepreneurship, with both of these areas also recognised with awards. The Groom Award for Science Endeavour (named after Timothy Groom who was a teacher at the school who died three years ago) was awarded to Elena Dale for her outstanding commitment to science.
Guest speaker Sir Rod Aldridge spoke of the need for all young people to have high aspirations, think big and be prepared to take risks to secure success. He recalled his own journey from Portslade as a local student at the school, to his work in the local authority and from there to running a multimillion pound business. He spoke of his hope that all PACA’s students would have the courage and support to fulfil their dreams.
The Head Boy and Head Girl, Callum Hopkins-Chainey and Alice Tripp thanked Sir Rod on behalf of the students and the local community, for his commitment to the Academy and his on-going support to create the best facilities for learning.
The Awards went to:
Yr 7 Principal’s Award
Allyshia Vallier – Science ,Geography, Music
Rhianna I’Anson – English Art Geography and contribution to the anti-bullying project.
Yr 8 Principal’s Award
Keira Collins – Science, ICT, History
Yr 9 Principal’s Award
Yr 10 Principal’s Award
Chloe Cook – English, Science , MFL, French,
Yr 11 Principal’s Award
Ocean Ellis – Maths English, Science Geography
Bethany Aylward – Maths Geography, Music
KS3 Entrepreneurship Award: Matthew Boyd is an outstanding creative enterpeneur. Matthew is the lead PACA student in film and media. He is a prolific photographer and film editor and has great plans to run his own film business.
KS4 Entrepreneurship Award: Sophie Reed has organised so much of the creative arts programme in the Academy. She is a great organiser, initiator and creative live wire! She was not able to collect her award as she was starring in Miss Saigon in the youth theatre. Certainly one to watch out for in the future!
KS5 Entrepreneurship Award: Jodie Trussler has initiated so much support for the 6th form Academy trip to Costa Rica . She has galvanised the 6th form students to help raise money through a variety of local and Academy based social enterprise activities. Jodie was instrumental in organising the excellent Christmas show at the end of December.