Scott College Hosts First Awards Ceremony: Celebrating Achievement and Inspiring Dreams
It was a night filled with pride, joy, and a celebration of accomplishments as Scott College presented its first-ever Awards Ceremony.
The event was a momentous occasion that showcased the remarkable achievements of the young individuals who have dedicated themselves to their studies and personal growth. The ceremony served as a testament to the unwavering support and belief that the school has in its students.
Themed "Aim High, Fly Higher," the evening was graced by the presence of guest speaker Stephen Seki, a qualified Pharmacist and Motivational Speaker. Stephen's powerful words resonated deeply with the audience as he shared his personal journey of overcoming obstacles and achieving success. Born into poverty and facing numerous challenges, including language barriers, cultural adjustments, and learning disabilities like Dyslexia and Dyspraxia, Stephen's determination and perseverance propelled him forward.
Despite the odds, within a mere five years, he defied expectations and passed his GCSEs, paving the way for his dream of becoming a Pharmacist. Today, Stephen is not only a qualified Pharmacist but also an inspiring motivational speaker who has captivated audiences since his debut on the same stage in 2018.
The evening was further enriched by the heartfelt speeches of the students themselves. Nina, a Year 9 student, expressed her admiration for Scott College's unique learning environment, highlighting the specialised and hands-on approach to education. She emphasised how the school provides ample opportunities such as masterclasses, and in-depth professional experiences, and fosters a strong sense of community where every student feels cared for and valued.
Maddie, a Year 10 student, shared her personal journey at Scott College, citing the additional qualifications and diverse experiences she gained beyond the core subjects. Maddie said, “We have both completed our First Aid qualifications and I was given the opportunity to perform in our joint campus performance of Annie. This has given me many amazing memories and friendships, as well as help me build my confidence in other areas.”
Caitlin, a Year 11 student, reflected on the significant role that Scott College played in shaping her and her peers' lives. She expressed, “The constant support, opportunities, and guidance have led us to where we are now and we will continue to be grateful to have been a part of this school.”
Gracie, a Year 12 Sixth Form student, highlighted the transformative power of Scott College in her own life. Initially apprehensive about embarking on her Level 3 BTEC diploma in Health and Social Care, Gracie now stands proud, having completed over 100 hours of work experience at a care home. Gracie went on to say, “I struggled to find a work placement. This is when my teachers stepped in to help me, and together we found a care home that I have now volun-teered at for 6 months!
“Scott College has also taken me and my peers on both educational and fun trips across the year, such as the Marjons University Optometry, the Intergenerational Project, and multiple Plymouth University trips. We even had the opportunity to follow Plymouth University students. Personally, my favourite trip was the Andorra Ski Trip, where we spent over 24 hours traveling on a coach all the way to Andorra, and spent a week learning to ski. I got a lot of bumps and bruises, but it was a time I spent with my friends that I'll never forget!”
The success of the Awards Ceremony would not have been possible without the unwavering dedication and commitment of the teachers and staff who worked tirelessly to make the event a reality. Their continuous support and guidance have helped nurture and develop the young individuals at Scott College, empowering them to reach their full potential.
The evening concluded with heartfelt appreciation expressed to Stephen Seki for his inspirational speech and, most importantly, to the students themselves for their hard work, determination, and commitment to personal growth.
Scott College's inaugural Awards Ceremony stands as a testament to the power of a supportive educational community. It is an occasion that will be cherished for years to come, serving as a reminder to all present that with hard work, belief in oneself, and unwavering support, dreams can be achieved, and new horizons can be conquered.
Poem by our Poet Laurette, Prisca:
Aim High and Fly Higher
Awards are great, that's true,
But they're not the end goal for you.
If you want to reach higher heights,
You'll need to aim for greater sights.
It's easy to get caught up in the thrill,
Of accolades and recognition, but still,
It's important to remember that they don't define,
Our worth or success, or our ultimate design.
What truly matters is the effort we put in,
Every day, to become the best version of our skin.
Keep striving for your dreams, don't let anyone else's expectations,
Hold you back, or cause you to lose your own revelations.
So keep working hard and pushing through,
And soon, you'll see, your dreams come true.