Celebration of Achievement saw our top achievers being recognised in a formal ceremony, held at Truro Cathedral. Students from years 7,8,9&10 received both subject awards and special awards, for extracurricular achievements and outstanding contributions. With the U15 County Hockey Champions, U13 National Football Champions, Young Enterprise Companies and newly appointed Head Boy, Harry Searle, and Head Girl, Georgia Cotterill, amongst the 350+ students who received awards, the evening highlighted the realised potential of the students of Richard Lander both inside and outside school. The loudest applause was undoubtedly when Kyle Marks and Ollie Bealing received the Jo Bunt Award. This award, in honour of ex-student Jo who kept motivated and inspired others despite having terminal cancer, is presented annually to other inspirational students. Kyle has set up a charity and raised over £3000, whereas Olly has shown admirable strength in the face of extreme hardship, following a very serious car accident.
Palestrina choir introduced the event, singing The Cloths of Heaven, featuring a heart-stopping solo from Rowena Parry. The Cloths of Heaven was one of 2 pieces performed on the evening which have been composed by music master Mr R. Pascoe. The evening continued to be a musical delight with Terpischore’s performance of Ronde No 1,5,6 by Sustato, and Changing Voices’ performance of Timothy Winters by R. Pascoe. However, the most memorable performance has to be Cousin Jacks’ Singing in the Rain, largely because mid song, Bishop of Truro, the Right Reverend Tim Thornton, opened fire on the choir with a giant water blaster! As you can see by Mr Pascoe’s face in the photograph below, he had something to do with this!
As is traditional at Richard Lander School Celebration of Achievement, the evening closed with parents, staff and students singing Trelawney or The Song of the Western Men, commonly considered to be the unofficial Cornish national anthem. It refers to a mooted attempt to rescue Jonathan Trelawny, a Cornish bishop who was tried for his refusal to obey James II of England.
“This event is the highlight of our school year when we get the opportunity to give recognition to our students for their outstanding effort and achievement. The cathedral is a fitting venue for such an important occasion, when we draw parents staff and community members together to share in the celebration.” Mr P Gilbert – Deputy Headteacher