STUDENTS at Pershore High School were applauded for their hard-working efforts by a Paralympian at the school’s ‘2016 Presentation Evening’.
The 21st annual end of year presentation took place on Thursday (June 23) and saw guest of honour Katrina Hart, a London 2012 athletic bronze medallist and former Pershore High School student, praise the pupils for their work over the past year and urged them to follow their dreams.
Born with cerebral palsy, Katrina took up running after being spotted at the age of 14 and a year later, as the youngest member of the British team, won a bronze medal at the 2005 European Championships in the T37 100m.
Katrina made her international debut at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games and at the London 2012 Games, she won a bronze medal as part of the women’s T35/38 4 x 100m relay team.
Among the evening’s winners were Lucy Barker, who won the ‘Eco Award’, Rachel Day and Olivia Hill, who both won the ‘English Prize for Outstanding Effort and Exceptional Commitment Award’, Oliver Morgan, who won the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Mathematics at Key Stage 4 Award’ and Lucy Inett and Owen King, who both won the ‘Outstanding Effort and Achievement in Science at Key Stage 3 Award’.
In addressing the students, headteacher Clive Corbett said: “At the heart of the ‘common good’ is the philosophy we should aim for human flourishing in all lives, not just our own.
“In a demanding and competitive world, I believe it can be very tempting sometimes just to focus on our own individual flourishing, over and above anyone else’s.
“This really is what it’s all about. Looking out for each other and being kind and caring. We will always be concerned about all of you, you’re not numbers and you’re not statistics.
“We’re proud of you and want you to seize the opportunities offered to you in the classroom, in school and in life generally, because this is your only chance. Leave this hall proud of your achievements and determined to make the world a better place. Above all, be happy.”