Adlington Town Mayor, Dan Croft was the special guest at the annual Southlands High School awards evening.
Opening the ceremony and welcoming parents, students and friends of the school on the night was Deputy Head Teacher Mr Davies.
He told the packed hall:
“Tonight we are celebrating high standards and excellence in the achievements of our young people. The standard of talent at Southlands in the past year is truly exceptional.”
With over 160 awards presented on the evening, Southlands High School recognised individual achievements, fantastic team performances and noted many outstanding events in the past year.
Chantel Calvert won the Chorley Food Festival Cook Off competition in May and was presented with her certificate on the stage to a round of applause from the audience in the school hall.
The award for Courage and Determination was awarded to Emma Aughton for bravely dealing with a huge back operation and had returned to school quickly to continue her studies. The Heart of Gold award was given to Olivia Makinson for giving CPR to a stranger who was collapsed in the street and calling for paramedics.
Year 8 student Callan Sharples won several awards including the Brian Souter Achievement of the Year award, the Maths Genius award and the Maths Rover Challenge. Callan sat his Math GCSE exam and was successful in receiving an A* grade in August! At the age of 13, Callan is now studying for his Maths A- level.
There were also subject-based certificates given out to students who have excelled in the past year.
All of the winners are extremely hard-working; they have shown a huge amount of devotion and have demonstrated an excellent attitude to learning.
The special event featured three musical interludes including a fantastic performance of the popular Disney song ‘Let It Go’ by Year 8 student Jessica Clark. There followed a wonderful performance by Lily Fothergill playing the flute.
Royal by Lorde was later performed by Alex McLoughin playing the Ukulele.
Town Mayor Dan Croft praised students on achieving a wide range of fantastic awards and spoke of how the evening had welcomed him into the school community in a heartfelt address after presenting the awards with Head Teacher Mark Fowle.
“I was impressive to see the achievements of so many students across a wide range of subjects and activities. Such success is a result of a lot of hard work and commitment by students who have been very well supported by their teachers and their parents. Well done to all involved.” – Mark Fowle, Head Teacher