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Special Awards Celebrate Success

Blessed William Howard Catholic High School opened its doors to VIP guests and former and current students to round off 2016 with its annual awards and reunion evening.

The evening allowed students to be formally recognised for both academic and non-academic achievements, whilst receiving certificates for qualifications obtained last summer.  Certificates were presented by special guest and former pupil, Graham Shapiro, an international award winning business man and designer, who also delivered a talk on his own success story.

A special Catenians award, donated by the Catenians Association, a body of professional Catholic people, was awarded to Aaron Brown for his outstanding contribution to school life.   During his time at Blessed William Howard, Aaron took part in all aspects of school life from Duke of Edinburgh Award to dance shows, singing, acting, playing music, rigging and operating lighting and sound, liturgy groups, fund raising and charity events.   This award was presented by Mr Ken Wilson, Chair of the Board of Directors for Holy Trinity Catholic Multi Academy Company, of which Blessed William Howard is a member school.

Presented by Head of Music, Mrs Anita Helliker, the Margaret Moore Memorial prize for musical commitment was awarded to two students, Alice Palmer and Hannah Prince.  Alice was lead trumpeter in the school orchestra, jazz band and concert band. She also supported younger students with their learning and passed on her knowledge to other brass players. Alice is currently training in Primary Education in Birmingham.


Hannah also participated fully in the extra-curricular music programme at Blessed William Howard, including the school jazz band, concert band and orchestra playing both the clarinet and saxophone, as well as singing in the senior choir.   Currently at Cardiff University studying English Literature, Hannah continues to develop her love of performing within orchestral groups on and off campus.


A new award, named after and presented by former Deputy Headteacher, Mr Nigel Dudley, was given to Megan Garnett and Kathryn Thickett to recognize outstanding commitment to the Arts.  Throughout their time at school both girls were involved in every production from the drama and music departments.

 “Such an event is a great celebration of our students’ success at our school, both academic and in the wider sense of being part of a community.  We are very proud of each and every individual present.  The talk from Mr Shapiro really drove home just how many opportunities await these young people.” commented Mr Smith, Headteacher.