The achievements of the Year 9 pupils at Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe were celebrated with a formal graduation ceremony. The event celebrated the pupils’ Key Stage 3 achievements and marks the beginning of their Key Stage 4 studies.
Year 9 pupils have taken part in the school’s new Going for Gold scheme which aims to raise pupils’ ambitions and aspirations. The culmination of the scheme was the Graduation Ceremony where pupils were awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.
The school was delighted that Captain Ron Halleron from British Airways was able to attend as guest of honour and present the pupils with their achievement awards. Captain Halleron gave a speech congratulating the students and expressing his delight in their achievements during the first three years of their secondary education. He also talked to the pupils about his career as a pilot and the opportunities for them too to become pilots.
The ceremony was hosted by Paul Smith formerly of Key 103 and Magic 1152, now Managing Director of Reactive Audio Ltd.
Paul Smith said: “I was delighted to be invited to host the Key Stage 3 graduation day this year. I was really impressed with how the children engaged with the day and it was brilliant to learn about their hard work and achievements. Even at the end of Captain Rod Halloran's excellent presentation, they asked so many questions that we actually ran out of time. A fantastic day!”
Mr Jimmy Buckley, Year 9 form teacher, said: “The ceremony celebrated the achievements of all Year 9 students, and formally concluded their time in Key Stage 3. We are all very proud of the achievements of our Year 9 students, and wish them well as they embark upon their GCSE courses.”
“The Going for Gold scheme has focused on specific aspects of school life including attendance, punctuality, appearance, behaviour, evidence of contribution to school life and the community and attitude to learning. Pupils earned points as they achieve in these areas,” explained Miss Catherine Collier, Deputy Headteacher at Saint Paul’s. “The aim is to raise the aspirations of pupils and recognise their commitment and dedication to their studies and to extra-curricular activities and to celebrate these achievements,”
“At Saint Paul’s we believe Year 9 is an extremely important year as it is the time for our students to build on the skills acquired in Year 7 and 8 and apply them to the subjects now taught discretely,” commented Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “The work students do in Year 9 will determine the choices they make in Year 10. We are very proud of the success of our Year 9 pupils and we see their achievements so far as strong building blocks for the future. We are passionate about raising expectations and aspirations and unlocking the potential of our pupils.”